More than 1 000 people, organisations and civil society activists, joined the We care -march on 8th September 2015 in Helsinki to protest the massive ODA-cuts that Finnish government planned for 2016. A petition with 41 271 signatures was given to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Lenita Toivakka. While minister received the petition, protesters showed their frustration covering their heads with paper bags. The text says "We are ashamed".
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Kepa: Intolerable further cuts to Finnish development aid

The Finnish government has announced an additional 25 million euro cut to Finland's ODA budget to the shock of the Finnish development sector, still reeling from last autumn's massive 43 percent cut to its funding.
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The cuts demonstrate a shocking and shortsighted disregard for the unprecedented emergencies posed by the refugee crisis and climate change, says Kepa, Finland's umbrella organization for development NGOs.

"The government is purposefully bringing the Finnish development sector to an end. All the major decisions on fulfilling Finland's international commitments will be dumped on the next government," says Timo Lappalainen, Kepa's executive director.