This current year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received 63 project applications for subventions co-financing or financing government agencies' projects of the Republic of Poland that amounted to PLN 14.4 million.
The projects that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was expecting were to include activities in the field of foreign assistance and international development co-operation in the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Belarus, Georgia, Iraq, Moldova, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russian Federation, Central Asia and South Caucasian countries, Balkan countries.
Priority sectors of assistance in the above-mentioned counties/regions have been presented to public administration bodies by the ministry.
The scope of the assistance activities aimed at the above-mentioned countries included institutional support for public and local administration, assistance in the field of economic transformation and support for the following sectors: agriculture, geology, energy, justice, local administration, etc.
The majority of the project applications (36 of them) deal with projects implemented in Ukraine. They amounted to the half of all presented applications. Countries like Moldova, Georgia, and Belarus that pertain to the second group as to the number of applications presented, have received four projects applications each. Six of them were related to projects to be implemented in a group of countries collectively. All of them included Ukraine as one of the recipient counties.
None of the projects was thought to be implemented in Afghanistan or in Vietnam.
Only one project, out of those being implemented in various countries jointly, was related to the activities in the field of international co-operation with the Russian Federation, but none of them treated this region separately.
After the evaluation of the projects in the Development Co-operation Department of the MFA, 45 projected were accepted to be implemented.
In the chart below, we present the number of project applications in the field of foreign assistance and international development co-operation presented by public administration bodies, and those approved to be implemented in 2006.
List of recipient countries
36 projects were submitted and their total value amounted to PLN 7 664 078.85. According to their topic, the majority dealt in the first place with support for institutional capacity development of the Ukraine central administration, especially having in mind the justice sector, civil service, and uniformed services. In the second place, they were related to the topics of European integration and support for the agriculture sector. There were two submitted applications that talked about energetic safety, and local administration support and development, respectively.
Approved projects vs. the scope of assistance
There were 28 approved projects. They referred to all the above-mentioned fields of assistance, especially to activities aiming at support for administrative structures of Ukraine, sharing Polish experience in this field, and the harmonisation with the EU standards. A few approved projects referred to common Polish - Ukrainian security and to combating organised crime. Some of them also dealt with activities supporting economic transformation. Four approved projects have to do with support for the agricultural sector.
Majority of the above projects will be implemented in the form of scholarships, trainings, workshops, study visits, conferences and seminars and also specific editorial publications.
Four projects amounting to a total of PLN 367 802.60 have been submitted. They deal with such fields of activities as: support for the agricultural sector, the justice sector, institutional capacity development of central administration, including as well, support for economic transformation and European integration.
All four above-mentioned projects have been admitted for implementation.
Four projects amounting to a total of PLN 121 312 have been submitted. Just like in the case of Moldova, they mostly dealt with fields of activities as: support for justice, support for institutional capacity development of central administration, including support for economic transformation and European integration.
All four above-mentioned projects have been admitted for implementation
Five projects amounting to a total of PLN 1 949 544.04 have been submitted. Three of them have to do with activities in the filed of agriculture, and one was devoted to education. The last one was aimed at representatives of medium and upper central administration, legislative power, representatives of business associations and non-governmental organisations, and it dealt with problems of political and economic transformation.
Approved projects vs. the scope of assistance
There has been one project admitted to be financed by the MFA. It deals with problems of political and economic transformation, and is implemented using a computer simulation programme. The projects regarding agriculture have not complied with the scope of activities foreseen by the regulations of the grant contest in the field of assistance activities for Belarus. In turn, the project on education has not fulfilled the assistance activities' criteria stipulated in the Polish foreign assistance programme.
Belarus will benefit from one project that will be implemented in a combined manner in various countries (point 10 talks about it more extensively).
Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is organising the The Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme. The goal of this programme is to offer help to Belarusian students relegated from their universities due to their active participation in activities in favour of democracy development. The programme gives to these students the opportunity to finish their studies in Poland, or to continue studying in Poland till they will be able to go back to Belarus and study at their universities of origin. The co-ordinator of the project is the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw.
Central Asia and South Caucasus - Kazakhstan
Two projects amounting to a total of PLN 301 131 have been submitted. The first one refers to support for economic development processes in agriculture, and the other deals with support for economic development in the air transportation. Both projects also aim at achieving conformity of the above-mentioned sectors with the European standards.
Both projects have been approved for implementation.
Central Asia and South Caucasian countries - Kyrgyzstan
One project of a total value of PLN 448, 850 has been received. It covers the problems of the environment protection sector (especially it deals with the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Clean Development Mechanism).
The above-mentioned project has approved for implementation.
Two projects of a total value of PLN 500 thousand have been received, including a project aiming at support for specific professional groups, and an educational project.
The project dealing with the support for the specific professional groups has been approved for implementation. In this case it covers the group of Iraqi archaeologists.
The project on education has not complied with the scope of activities foreseen by the regulations of the grant contest in the field of assistance undertaken in Iraq, and therefore has not been admitted. It neither has fulfilled the criteria stipulated in the Polish foreign assistance programme.
One project in the field of geological sector of a total amount of PLN 301 663 has been received.
The above-mentioned project has been admitted. The implementation of this project will be a continuation of the activities already commenced in 2005 within the programme of Polish foreign assistance.
Two projects have been received of a total value of PLN 454 8885. The recipient country of the first project one is Macedonia, and it covers support for the institutional capacity development of central administration. The second project covers West Balkans (countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro), and it offers support in the field of European integration, support for local and central administration.
The project that covers West Balkans will be implemented. The other projects has been withdrawn by the applicant.
Projects implemented in a combined manner in various countries
Six projects to be implemented in various countries simultaneously have been received and amount to a total of PLN 2 316 388. 79. These projects are related to activities undertaken in the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Moldova, and they deal with institutional support for central administration, as well as offer support for economic transformation process and the field of education.
Subventions have been given to two projects. The first one is aimed at offering support in the field of economic and political transformation in Moldova and Ukraine. The second one supports academic autonomy in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This project also is aimed at achieving conformity in this field with the European standards. The rest of projects submitted have not been admitted due to the lack of fulfilment of the criteria stipulated in the Polish foreign assistance programme.