Building Bridges Between Somalia and Finland
Finland-Somalia Association (FSA) was founded in 1986, it is a non-governmental friendship association. The main purposes of the association are to strengthen the friendship of Somalis and Finns, and to promote the visibility of Somali culture and history within Finnish society. Our association also promotes Finland-Somalia relationships, information sharing, and collaboration between associations, companies and bodies from both Somalia and Finland. FSA has led development projects in Somalia since 2001.
In Somalia development sector: FSA has been involved since 2001. Our associations development projects aim to promote sustainable development goals as well as support, promote and improve healthcare, communities’ livelihoods and environmental awareness raising in Somalia.
Projects in Somalia
Currently association supports the implementation of two projects.
- Finsom Health Center and MCH
- Ramaad Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Project
Both projects promote sustainable development goals and help the development of the communities involved in Lower-Juba region, Afmadow district, Somalia.
FSA collaborates with VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) on promoting technology involvements in livelihoods interventions, so that local communities could use local resources in production and in business. With VTT collaboration our aim is to introduce cost effective ways promoting local production and creating new business and jobs. In addition to this, FSA collaborates with UNFPA on providing hospital equipment to Somalia and on reducing child and mothers mortality as well as we collaborate with UNICEF, ARC, FCA and with IOM on Somalia development projects.
In addition that association promote good relationship between Finland and Somalia. Our association also takes part in integration activities of Somalia community to Finland by sharing good practices and providing consultation and other services to communities involved in integrating new comers.
In these activities, our association arranges seminars, events, meetings, conferences and as well promotes cultural, historical and tourism-related activities between Somalia and Finland.
As a part of our strategy in 2016-2020, we promote also business relations of Somalia and Finland while encouraging Finnish companies to make investments to Somalia. This is done in collaboration with Finnish investment institutions, Finnpartnership, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland’s embassy in Kenya as well as with Somalia ministries and chambers of commerce.
To advance an effective and sustainable network, which has positive impact on both the integration of Finnish Somalis to the Finnish society and on helping Somalia’s socio-economic development. In doing so, we take into consideration all members of the society in all the activities we initiate and/or take part in.
To promote community-empowerment through equitable access, sustainable development and mitigation in conflict resolution.
- Equity and fairness
- Accountability, transparency and anti-corruption
- Gender equality and human rights
- Professionalism and committed voluntary service
- Conservation of the environment
- Promotion of good governance and democracy
- Promotion of creating equal rights for community members
- Promotion of work and skills for youth and women
FSA is also a company Spotter for Finnish companies looking business partners from Somalia and works on this with Finnparnership.
For more information about our projects in Somalia, activities in Finland, possible collaboration please contact: suomisomaliaseura(at)gmail.com
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Finland-Somalia Association – Expert in Somalia and in Finland