“Between the years 2002 to 2014, only from the purpose reserve of state’s budget managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PLN 126 billion was allocated to development aid in Afghanistan, and the realization of Polish development aid for Afghanistan, in cooperation with Polish army, was a joint success of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defence”, said the Director of the Department of Development Cooperation Zuzanna Kierzkowska during the conference The balance of Polish presence in Afghanistan, organized by the Operational Command of Types of Armed Forces and The Polish Institute of International Affairs.
During the conference director Kierzkowska received an award of Minister of National Defence for the Department of Development Cooperation for supporting the Polish army in Afghanistan.
The conference regarded Polish presence in Afghanistan and included the issues of politics, military and development. In the discussion panel on the development matter, the significance of Polish aid for Afghanistan was emphasized, which was based on engaging local communities and close cooperation with local authorities. Panelists paid attention to the unprecedented Polish aid actions, carried out in a very dangerous region and burdened with a substantial risk. The profits that residents of Ghazni benefited from Polish development projects, were emphasized. The projects have been concentrated, in majority, on modernization of roads and city infrastructure, providing equipment for public use centers (schools, health centers), improvement of business and labor education. Polish aid was also consisted of training of fire department, workers of justice system and administration on a central and local level.
Since 2004, Afghanistan is a priority country for Polish development cooperation. Polish development support for Afghanistan was effected thanks to Polish part of Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni and Group of Support CIMIC, functioning within Polish Army, Polish NGOs (in years 2002 to 2011), system of small grants (projects implemented by the Polish Embassy in Kabul), training projects and study visits conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, projects carried out by other organs of public administration from Ministry’s of Foreign Affairs resources and payments to multilateral funds (especially Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, World Food Programme, LOTFA – Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan).