Finland will offer scholarships to Kenyan youths under the UN Peace and Security Agenda, Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba has said.
This emerged after he held bilateral talks with Finland Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on sidelines of the 18th Africa-Nordic Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on Friday.
The second edition of the Joint Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe-United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Scholarship for Peace and Security took place from 8 April 8 to May 10 this year.
Ninety women and 10 men received scholarships through the initiative.
According to the UN, the initiative is one of the ways in which the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs supports education and training opportunities for young professionals, empowering new generations to be a force for change.
About 29 African ministers and five form Nordic countries are attending the Dar-es-Salaam meeting, which Namwamba said is a key platform for strengthening partnerships for advancing Sustainable Development Goals and managing climate change.
Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden — have a vibrant presence in the East African region, particularly in Kenya, on democracy, human rights and good governance issues.
In this regard, there is a Local Cooperation Fund in Kenya that is granted to NGOs involved in achieving good governance and human rights. A total of €11.6 million has been set to achieve this between 2013–16.
Kenya and Finland established diplomatic relations on June 14, 1965, and the total development assistance stood at €13.9 million in 2014.