On 9 February 2017, the Government appointed a new Advisory Board on Civil Society Policy (KANE) for 2017–2021. The advisory board is tasked to foster cooperation and interaction between civil society and public authorities. This is the advisory board’s third term of operation.

Kristiina Kumpula, Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross, chairs the advisory board. Mikko Salonen, Secretary General of the Finnish Olympic Committee, serves as its vice-chair. The 19 members of the advisory board represent different organisations, research, business life, civil society as well as ministries and public agencies.

The tasks of the advisory board include, for example, promotion of interaction between public authorities and civil society and improvement of civil society’s operating conditions – read more about KANE's tasks in a Government Decree (in Finnish).

Contact information

Maria Wakeham-Hartonen, Senior Specialist 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections KANE  kansalaisvaikuttaminen  civic society  sustainable development  democracy policy  0295150416  


Niklas Wilhelmsson, Unit Manager 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections kansalaisvaikuttaminen  osallistumisoikeudet  democracy policy  civic society  0295150348  


Liisa Männistö, Senior Specialist 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections kansalaisvaikuttaminen  lasten ja nuorten osallisuus  civic society  KANE  0295150231  

E-mail: kane.om (at) om.fi (replace (at) with @)