The ODW programme is based on the rights, needs and choices of young people in vulnerable situations. Direct support to NGOs in developing countries strengthens the local civil society and increases the space for civil society actors to participate in decision making that affects them. The common objective of all programme partners is to empower young people, promote youth participation in society and defend youth rights. Due to global interdependencies, improved well-being and the participation of young people in developing countries also benefit Finns. The message of the programme to Finnish youth is that their actions have global significance, supporting their growth as active global citizens.
Global citizenship education and development communications are also key elements of the ODW Finland’s development cooperation programme. The programme aims to increase the capabilities of Finnish youth to take action in the global framework, and to promote solidarity In Finland, global citizenship education and development communications are being carried out nationally and both in Finnish and Swedish.
The development cooperation programme 2018–2021 describes more specifically the principals and goals of ODW Finland’s activities. Programme is funded with both programme support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and with funds from Finnish student´s and school children´s Operation A Day´s work (Taksvärkki) collection.
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Development Cooperation Programme 2018–2021
The ODW programme is based on the rights, needs and choices of young people in vulnerable situations. Its objective is social change, in which young people, supported by duty-bearers, become active in developing their own lives and communities.
Through its development cooperation projects, ODW Finland supports local youth organisations active in Global South. During the programme period 2018–2021, ODW Finland will operate in Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zambia. It may possibly also select a new programme country during the programme period. Direct support of NGOs in developing countries strengthens the local civil society and increases the space for civil society actors to participate in decision making that affects them. Each year, the programme activities provide more than 2,000 young people in vulnerable situations with the opportunity for education and for becoming active in developing the communities in which they live.
The common objective of all programme partners is to empower young people, promote youth participation in society and defend youth rights. The target groups include girls who have dropped out of school, youth living and working on the street and students living in remote areas. Special focus during the programme period will be on improving the disability inclusion capacity of partners and promoting the participation of youth with disabilities. Special attention will also be paid to strengthening the advocacy work carried out by partner organisations.