Due to the general increase of outlays for foreign assistance in 2006 (PLN 85 million in 2006 compared to PLN 18 million in 2005), an increase of funds allocated to non-governmental organizations was seen. In 2006, under the call for proposals organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Polish foreign assistance and international development co-operation, the amount of PLN 21 million was distributed. Together with the activities conducted by the Polish non-governmental organizations under the Polish-Canadian co-operation, call for proposals regarding support for independent information and media initiatives in Belarus, as well as the call for proposals regarding development education and Millennium Development Goals, the total funds available to non-governmental organizations in 2006 amount to almost PLN 30 million.
In 2005, the value of projects undertaken by non-governmental organizations reached about PLN 10.6 million.
In 2006, contrary to the previous years, the call for proposals for non-governmental organizations covered a much broader scope of subject matter and geography. This was possible thanks to the fact that the scope of calls for proposals now includes support for democracy and the development of civil society. This gave the Ministry the opportunity to offer financial support for projects whose subject or manner of delivery falls outside the Official Development Assistance.
As part of implementation of its foreign assistance programme for 2006, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a call for proposals for non-governmental organizations, covering tasks within the scope of Polish foreign assistance and international development co-operation. The offers were supposed to cover activities in the field of foreign assistance and international development co-operation, directed at specific communities in the following states:
- Afghanistan, Angola, Palestinian Autonomy, Belarus, Georgia, Iraq, Moldova, Ukraine;
- Russian Federation;
- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan;
- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia.
Separate regulations were prepared for each of the above named countries, indicating the subjects for support/ co-operation.
213 projects were received within the call for proposals’s deadline, and their total amount reached PLN 45 million. One project was received after the deadline. Given the fact that the non-governmental organizations had only 4 months to develop the projects, it could be seen that their interest was very large – especially in the activities for Ukraine. There were 83 Ukraine-focused projects, which constituted 40% of all applications. In terms of the allocated amount, interest in assistance for the Palestinian Autonomy and Afghanistan was also large. Assistance projects for Iraq raised little interest, which is not very surprising, given the local situation.
A total of 113 projects were approved for financing.
Under the call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding foreign assistance and international development co-operation, subsidies are granted to the following entities.
Calls for proposals organized in 2006:
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the task – Humanitarian aid for the people of Lebanon
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the task “Media and Internet initiatives – Belarus”
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the task “Exhibition - Millennium Development Goals”
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the task “Development Education”
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for tasks in the area of Polish foreign assistance and international development co-operation