National Development Programme for Social Welfare and Health Care (Kaste)

The National Development Plan for Social Welfare and Health Care (Kaste Programme) is a strategic steering tool that is used to manage and reform social and health policy.

The Government renewd the programme 2 January 2012.

The targets of the Kaste programme are that

 1. Inequalities in wellbeing and health will be reduced

  • Risk groups' opportunities for inclusion, wellbeing and health will be improved
  • Preventive work and early support will be effective
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence will be reduced

2. Social welfare and health care structures and services will be organised in a client-oriented and economically sustainable way

  • Clients will rely on the quality and effectiveness of services
  •  Well-functioning services and skilled and wellbeing personnel will be secured through management
  • Service structures will be economically sustainable and well-functioning

The targets will be met through six sub-programmes.



The Kaste Programme implements the Government Programme and the Strategy of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The programme defines the key social and health policy targets, priority action areas for development activities and monitoring as well as essential legislation projects, guidelines and recommendations that enhance the realisation of the programme.

The purpose is that national, regional and local actors work together to implement the reforms. Municipalities and joint municipal boards for social welfare and health care can apply for discretionary government transfers for creating and implementing good practices.

Further information

Salme Kallinen, neuvotteleva virkamies 
STM, Hyvinvoinnin ja terveyden edistämisen osasto, koordinaatio- ja kehittämisryhmä 0295163290