During the past few decades, SYL’s themes for development cooperation have been education, supporting students and increasing the awareness of development cooperation in Finland. The development cooperation work has promoted the principles which we value also in other activities: sustainability, fairness and education. SYL’s development cooperation activities also involve volunteers in Finland, for instance through SYL’s Development Cooperation Advisory Board.

SYL’s current development cooperation partner is a Guatemalan student organisation AMEU (Asociación Maya de Estudiantes Universitarios). The goal of their joint project is to improve the social status and income of Mayan women and to reduce income equalities between different population groups.

Read more about the project on SYL’s website


Would you like to support SYL’s development cooperation activities? You can do that by transferring a sum of your choice to SYL’s fundraising account. 85% of SYL’s international projects are funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the remaining 15% are funded by SYL. 7.5% of SYL’s contribution is made up of voluntary work, which consists of the work carried out by the Development Cooperation Advisory Board (KENKKU). KENKKU’s members are students representing different student unions. The remaining 7.5% of the budget is made up of funding from SYL, which is collected through voluntary donations from students. That is why it is important for you to donate to SYL’s development cooperation projects!

LICENCE NUMBER: RA/2017/68, granted 20.1.2017

LICENCE GRANTED BY: The National Police Board

LICENCE GRANTED TO: National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) ry

DURATION AND AREA: 20.01.2017–31.12.2018 all parts of Finland, with the exception of Åland


REFERENCE: Donation for development cooperation

The donated funds will be used for development cooperation activities of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) during 2017–2019 Specifically, the funds will be used to cover SYL’s share of the funding for the project supporting women’s groups to produce and sell avocados in Guatemala, which has received funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the costs of communication and global education events, as well as the salary of the development cooperation coordinator as it relates to planning new project. In addition, the funds can be used for direct monitoring, planning and meeting costs in Finland which are caused by the project work and other development cooperation activities.