On 18 September 2010, the University of Warsaw library building hosted the Fourth Forum of Polish Development Cooperation, organized by the MFA's development cooperation unit. The aim of the Forum was to familiarize Polish public opinion with the scope and forms of Polish activities to benefit developing countries. The entire Forum was open to the public.
The Forum began with the screening of a movie commissioned by the MFA, "Fencers for Palestine", which showcases a project to train the Palestinian national fencing team and its positive implications for the local community. After that, Under-Secretary of State Henryk Litwin - representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Forum - outlined the 2010 Polish development assistance programme and discussed the 2009 annual report on Poland's development cooperation, which contains a detailed review of the aid activities implemented during the previous year. He also awarded the laureate of the 2009 prize for the best aid project conducted in a Polish foreign aid beneficiary country (this was the first edition of the competition). The 2009 laureate was the Stare Pole branch of the Pomeranian Agricultural Advisory Centre, with the prize-winning project entitled "Local government and economic reform in rural areas in Crimea with the implementation of European standards".
During the conference part of the Forum, the Zagranica Group presented its own report, entitled "Poland Foreign Aid 2009", complete with conclusions and recommendations.
Two public debates were held. The first was devoted to the effectiveness of development aid from the point of views of NGOs, while the next covered aid to Belarus as a challenge for European development policy. Both the briefing and the debate were met with large audience interest.
The conference part was accompanied by a series of sideline events dealing with information and education. The so-called partner zone hosted meetings and a development cooperation-themed book fair. Volunteers shared their experiences with people interested in this form of social activity. An information post facilitated direct contacts between forum participants, encouraging them to engage in activities aimed at providing equal civilizational chances. Amateur film workshops were organized for development project participants, along with art workshops for young people and educational games for children. A photo exhibition and film screenings devoted to developing countries were also staged. Fair trade products and ethnic dishes were available for tasting, with ethnic music from around the world contributing to the positive atmosphere.
The following photographs illustrate the organization and ambiance of the Fourth Forum of Polish Development Cooperation. Photo gallery.
September 18, 2010 (Saturday)
11 am-6 pm
UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW LIBRARY
conference room 316 (3. floor)
11-11.40 am Forum Opening by Directors of Development Co-operation Department and Development Programme Implementation Department; screening of the film "Fencers for Palestine"
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
11.45 am-12.15 pm Summary of Polish aid initiatives implemented in 2009. Presentation of MFA publication "Poland's development co-operation. Annual Report 2009".
*Entrance restricted to Members of Parliament, diplomats, representatives of ministries and NGOs as well as journalists (press ID cards required)
12.30-1.30 pm Presentation of Zagranica Group's independent report "Polish foreign assistance 2009"
DEBATES ON DEVELOPMENT
1.45-3.15 pm "Belarus as a challenge for European development co-operation"
Prepared and facilitated by: Centre for Social and Economic Research - Belarus
3.30-5 pm "Efficiency of assistance activities: an NGO perspective"
Prepared and hosted by: Zagranica Group
*simultaneous interpretation provided
FILM WORKSHOP FOR AMATEURS conference room 254 (2. floor)
9 am-6 pm Film production and post-production workshop for representatives of Polish aid's partner organisations
*The post-production part will be held at Warsaw Film School (7 Generała Zajączka St., Warsaw); the outcome of the workshop will be presented in BUW cinema. The organisers will provide each participant with a camera, access to a post-production workstation with appropriate software and transportation from the Library (BUW) to WSF.
ART WORKSHOP FOR KIDS exhibition room (ground floor)
11 am-6 pm I get to know an African school and then I draw it
EDUCATIONAL GAME FOR CHILDREN BUW hall
11 am -6 pm Educational board game for children
Both events prepared and led by: the Bronisław Malinowski Ethnology Student's Circle at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
POLISH AID INFO STAND BUW hall
11 am-6 pm Ask MFA staff how Poland helps the world
PHOTO EXHIBITION "POLISH AID TO THE WORLD" exhibition room
Photographs from the projects implemented as part of Polish aid programme administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
SCREENINGS OF FILMS ABOUT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES screening room 256 (2. floor)
12.30 pm Introduction
12.40 pm "You deserve to know" - Kenya (40 min.)
2 pm "Children - our valuable asset" - Zambia (40 min.)
3.10 pm "Ada Gallery" - Belarus (51 min.)
4.30 pm "Fencers for Palestine" - (31 min.)
*all film screenings will be preceded by short introductions; you are invited to take part in discussions following the films
MEETING WITH A POLISH AID VOLUNTEER: "HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?" exhibition room
1-2 pm Presentation of projects carried out in Uganda and Costa Rica
2.30-3.30 pm Presentation of projects carried out in Guatemala, Niger and Mongolia
PARTNERS' ZONE: POBLICATIONS MARKET AND READERS' COFFEE CORNER exhibition room
11 am-6 pm Publications and multimedia presentations of partner institutions and organisations from the global development
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS exhibition room
11.30-6 pm Fair Trade Corner: free beverage and cake tasting
*collect your tasting voucher from the MFA's info stand
ETHNIC CUISINES exhibition room
11.30-6 pm African and Asian cuisine
*free of charge tasting
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE GLOBE BUW gardens
11 am-6 pm Live feature from the Authors of the radio programme "Uchem po mapie" ("Travelling by Listening"), Luis Andino Velez and Piotr Gronau!
*the event will take place in BUW hall in case of bad weather
HENNA BODY PAINTING BUW gardens
1.30-5.30 pm Prepared by Foundation "Africa another way"