Kehys - The Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU
The Finnish NGDO Platform to the European Union, Kehys, is an advocacy network of Finnish NGOs. Kehys works for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development; better and more coherent policies in the fields of human development, security and development, and green and sustainable economy. Kehys also works for active citizenship and a stronger civil society.
Kehys has approximately 40 member associations which are Finnish NGOs working on development issues.
Advocacy on EU development policy
Kehys actively engages in the debate on EU development policy and support Finnish NGOs in understanding and influencing the EU policies by distributing information and facilitating policy activities. Kehys focuses especially on policy coherence for sustainable development.
Global citizenship education
Kehys promotes global citizenship education in Finland and acts as a link to European global citizenship education forums. Kehys acted as a leading organisation in the European development education programme DEEEP for 2013-2015.
Kehys supports its members in networking with other NGOs in Europe and int he developing countries. Kehys encourages NGOs to take up development policy issues, to find new partners and to collaborate with different stakeholders in the enlarged EU.
Kehys is the Finnish national platform within the European NGO confederation for relief and development CONCORD. CONCORD has 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 2 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. Through Kehys the Finnish NGOs are represented in the CONCORD hubs and can affect actively on European development cooperation debate.
Advice and training on EU funding
Kehys provides Finnish NGOs with information on EU funding opportunities for development cooperation and development education projects. Kehys also offers various forms of training and advice.