Why do we help? Ukraine is Poland’s important political, economic, and security partner. Poland and Ukraine share close social, historical, and cultural ties.
With the help of Polish Aid funds, the Polish Center for International Aid Foundation (PCPM) has been able to extend support to the inhabitants of the West Bank.
Over a hundred guests from Ukraine and Poland took part in the 13th Reunion of Alumni of Polish Scholarship Programmes. In addition to the graduates of Polish universities, the event was for the first time widely attended by representatives of Ukrainian universities and academia.
Georgia has embarked on a path of wide-ranging reforms aimed at its gradual integration with the European Union.
On 20 October 2019, Ukraine’s Council of Ministers approved the State Programme for the Development of the Ukrainian Carpathian Region for 2020-2022.
Since early September 2019, Caritas Poland has been helping 82 families of Syrian refugees and 36 poorest Jordanian families using the Polish MFA’s development cooperation funds.
Over a hundred people participated in an international conference titled “The development of a cluster system in Belarus - potential, challenges and prospects”.
With the help of Polish Aid funds, the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) foundation has been carrying out a number of development projects in Palestine for nine years now.
Deputy Minister Paweł Jabłoński attends launch of 5th edition of Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme
“Good memories of the time spent in our country will encourage programme participants to become Poland’s informal ambassadors,” said deputy chief of Polish diplomacy during today’s event.
The second annual conference focused on the EIB – donors cooperation aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN in 2015.
On 21 September 2019 a training session on spatial planning was organized for the Poltava and Sumy oblasts (provinces) in Ukraine. It was titled “Research into public space. Incorporating local residents into the process of spatial planning”.
A series of information seminars on managing cluster organisations is taking place in Belarus. It is organized by Podlaska Regional Development Foundation (Podlaska Fundacja Rozwoju Regionalnego) as part of a three-year Polish Aid project co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The Moldovan search and rescue team received support from its Ukrainian counterpart (heavy USAR – HUSAR Ukraine). Joint Moldovan-Ukrainian recertification exercises INSARAG were organized by iHELP Institute Foundation and took place in Kozyn near Kiev, Ukraine in early September 2019.
The Hanoi-based Vietnamese-Polish Friendship School is one of few institutions in Vietnam whose name refers to the long-standing friendly relations between Poland and Vietnam.
The cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership states is founded on the promotion of European values. The removal of barriers and the social empowerment of individuals in difficult situations are the areas where Poland supports its Eastern partners by running exchange and integration programmes as well as providing special workplaces.
Every person who at least once in their life has put some money in the Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy (the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity) collection box or bought a roll for a homeless person, knows that helping others brings benefits not only to the recipient but also to the giver.
Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz visited the Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho to mark its 10th anniversary.
“In order to achieve ambitious goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we need to engage the private sector,” highlighted Undersecretary of State at the MFA Marcin Przydacz opening a seminar in Warsaw on private sector involvement in development cooperation.
Investing in childcare and early education brings more benefits to the society than support offered at a later stage of development. Thanks to Polish Aid, a network of Caritas integrated day-care rooms is being created in Belarus to improve the childcare system for groups at risk of social exclusion
Wednesday, 21 August, has been an important date for the Ugandan community of Rugando, with an official opening of the LibrAfrica library and educational centre taking place.
When armed conflict broke out in Ukraine, the majority of people living near the front line areas fled for safer havens. Those who remained scrape by through a combination of their diminishing savings and part-time agriculture. Unemployment rate is soaring at 80%. The prolonged crisis means that the inhabitants stagnate, taking no attempts to improve their lot.
Despite high level of support for the EU and the European integration among Ukrainian society, the knowledge about the EU and the benefits of EU-Ukraine cooperation is not that common.
As part of Poland’s development cooperation, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the activities of Solidarity Fund PL and the Association of Amalgamated Territorial Hromadas in Ukraine’s social policy reform.
The youngest inhabitants of Skawina are spending their holiday at a day camp under the slogan “Summer of World Changers,” an educational project run by the Wyobraź sobie Foundation.
By decision of the United Nations, 19 August marks World Humanitarian Day, the anniversary of the tragic attack that killed Sérgio Vieira de Mello, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“Since the beginning of our membership of the Council, it has been our priority to strengthen international law. It has always been of particular importance for Poland due to its difficult history,” said Minister Czaputowicz during a UN Security Council briefing on international humanitarian law.
At the end of July, Polish experts were invited to Georgia to train volunteers from Borjomi as part of a project titled “Voluntary fire service as a form of temporary crisis response”.
Poland supports Ukraine in the implementation of its local government reform in cooperation with the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (FRDL). One of its objectives is to implement a participatory model of strategic planning in the hromadas.
Meetings in Tschernowitz, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy and Zaporozhye in late June started the second year of efforts to support Ukraine’s territorial reform. The project is run by the Education for Democracy Foundation under Poland’s development cooperation.
The number of tourists visiting Georgia is systematically growing. They are attracted to this part of the Caucasus by Georgian hospitality, delicious food and wine, beautiful mountains and marvellous nature.
Deputy Minister Lang also took part in the 2019 Poland-Mongolia Business Forum, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH).
On 2-4 July 2019, a group of eighteen Belarusian delegates took part in a study visit to the Podlasie region to learn about cluster initiatives.
Thanks to the involvement of Polish Aid, the disabled children of Georgia can now use the newly equipped rooms and develop under the direction of qualified therapists.
World Refugee Day has been observed on 20 June since 2001. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 2000.
Polish Aid reaches the most remote parts of Georgia. In the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, by the Black Sea, projects are carried out in key areas of Polish development cooperation for Georgia. We reach groups whose participation in the social life is limited.
The DOM Foundation for Family Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Opole together with the Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Tbilisi, run by the Camillians, and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are taking joint action to make life easier for children with disabilities in Georgia.
Poland initiates the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
“The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which is commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief, is a universal right of every human being and the cornerstone of many other rights,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at the UN General Assembly session in New York.
Creating and developing professional vocational training institutions for firemen is one of the most important activities in reducing disproportions in firefighting expertise among Kenya’s firefighters.
Fifteen volunteers from Poland will go to Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia to work on eight health care and education projects.
During a visit as part of bilateral consultations with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Oleg Kravchenko, the deputy chief of the Polish MFA discussed a number of issues related to Polish-Belarusian relations, including the development of political dialogue, the ways to boost economic cooperation, the situation of the Polish minority and Polish language teaching in Belarus.
Global Education Network Europe recognises the importance of innovation in Global Education through its Global Education Ideas Award, which is already the 3rd edition of the GENE Global Education Award. The deadline for applications: 4 June 2019.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with state fire departments and non-governmental organizations, implements projects for the development of cooperation between firefighters as part of the Polish Aid program in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The two-year development project titled “Building rescue capacities of Moldova’s fire service” was launched on the initiative of the Relief Service Foundation of the Polish Association of the Order of Malta and Moldova’s General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations.
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa have been running the MAPERA kindergarten in Tandale, Tanzania, for the last seven years.
The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme supports social and economic growth of developing countries by raising the education level and improving professional skills of their citizens.
The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme supports social and economic growth of developing countries by raising the education level and improving professional skills of their citizens.
Beautiful, colourful and high-quality handicrafts, including jewellery and home decor accessories, have been created by seventy-six Belarusian women who took part in the Activation Academy for women under the Polish Aid programme.
In many places in the world, women and girls are more at risk of poverty and hunger than men. In developing countries they represent the majority of the unemployed, and as many as 75% of them work illegally.
Poland shows its solidarity with developing countries by undertaking actions resulting from its membership in international organisations: the EU, UN and OECD to implement sustainable development goals, as well as by implementing assistance projects for those in need.
The Stefan Banach programme is part of Polish scholarship offer addressed to developing countries.
In Minsk, representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and of the Belarusian Ministry of Sports and Tourism signed an agreement to implement a programme to develop tourism in Belarus.
As part of a public-private partnership with Ptak Warsaw Expo, a fair and congress centre, and Lubawa S.A., the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing Poland’s first humanitarian fair in Nadarzyn near Warsaw on 11-13 June 2019.
In Molotkoviche, in the Belarusian part of Polesia, there is a special school attended by over 150 disabled children.
Kenya is one of the fastest developing countries in Africa.
Middle school no. 2 in Mogilev is the only educational establishment in the Mogilev Oblast with an artistic profile.
During a two-day forum in Lviv, participants of the project, "Decentralisation in practice – we are learning from each other,” shared their experiences connected with local government reform and summed up their activities in this project.
Over 90 participants from all over Belarus participated in an international conference titled “Development of the cluster system in Belarus: a look into the future” in Minsk.
The second edition of the project School of Good Energy in Ukraine has ended in a great success.
The children from the Children’s Village in Gomel, a rehabilitation centre for children and youth with severe disabilities in southeast Belarus, received a minibus adapted to transporting disabled passengers. The new car improves access to therapeutic services offered by the centre, and allows the children to take part in events outside the Village. The minibus was purchased under the Polish Aid programme.
“The Stefan Banach Programme is an important part of Polish scholarship offer for developing countries and one of the best-known Polish development projects in the East,” the MFA’s Undersecretary of State Maciej Lang said at a ceremony to inaugurate the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme in the 2018/2019 academic year.
With several dozen scholarship holders from developing countries of Africa, Asia and South America in attendance, the University of Warsaw Library hosted the inauguration of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme in the 2018/2019 academic year.
Since the beginning of the war in Syria, Poland has been delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need. The conflict lasting for more than seven years already, has uprooted millions of adults and children from their homes and has disrupted their future.
On 20-27 October 2018, Georgian mountain rescue teams from the Kazbegi and Svaneti regions and members of Georgian administration paid a study visit to Poland.
They treat people's eyes, help them overcome tropical diseases, take care for children and their mothers – Polish doctors and volunteers with the aid of non-governmental organisations and Polish public institutions help patients in those parts of the world where access to health care services is difficult. Each year they treat thousands of patients.
The 2017 Polish Development Cooperation Report sums up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ year-long activities in the area of development cooperation.
The 2016-2020 Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme presents Poland’s action strategy towards developing countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has partnered with the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) to winterize camps of Syrian refugees.
The Polish-Palestinian Football Academy was established in a refugee camp near Ramallah, on the territory of the Palestinian National Authority, thanks to financial support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as part of the 2018 Polish Aid development cooperation programme.
Belarus’s six biggest cities (Hrodna, Vitebsk, Homyel, Brest, Minsk, Mogilev) are hosting a series of information meetings with Polish experts who talk to representatives of Belarusian administration and business about the potential of business clusters, which are geographic concentrations of companies from the same or similar industries.
Ukrainian local government officials whose daily duties involve preventing corruption have come to Poland to take part in training organized as part of this year's Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
Dodoma, Tanzania, is where Damian Sosna carries out his volunteering work organised by the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service – Youth For the World and co-funded under Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Its participants were the heads of Polish diplomatic missions in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. The conference also brought together representatives of Solidarity Fund PL and the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development.
On 14 September 2018, a training programme for Ukrainian mountain rescuers was concluded in the Bieszczady Mountains with the hand-over of a quad bike and a trailer.
For four years, the Main School of the Fire Service has been helping to build a new rescue structure as part of the Polish Aid programme.
Joint efforts by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Educator Association have produced concrete results in the form of state-of-the-art classrooms and preparation of a team of instructional coaches.
A co-working centre has been launched during a fair of Belarusian rural enterprises taking place at the Kolodischi Business Incubator.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Humanitarian Aid Cooperation.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognised access to free education as the fundamental right of all children.
22 teams made up of more than 90 trained rescuers took part in the 4th Maltese Manoeuvres of Paramedics, held in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk from 31 August to 2 September 2018.
Well-educated officials with several years of HR experience, specifically in designing, implementing and evaluating training policies and managing professional development, have come to Warsaw to learn from the expertise of Polish civil servants.
Notice on revocation of the call for proposal "Provision of own contributions to the implementation of humanitarian projects in the Middle East from sources other than the budget of the Republic of Poland in 2018"
“Make Yourself at Home” is the slogan of this year’s edition of the Belarusian rural enterprises fair in Kalodziščy nearby Minsk on 22-23 September.
On 4 September 2018, an after-school club for children was officially opened in the Christian Social Centre in Minsk thanks to Polish Aid.
Although the right to education – regardless of one’s gender, religion, origin, physical and intellectual predisposition – is guaranteed by international covenants, millions of children around the world still do not have access to education.
On the 15 anniversary of a terrorist attack that hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, we are paying tribute to the people, who risk their lives daily to deliver humanitarian assistance to victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters around the world.
The latest Polish Aid film dedicated to the development cooperation project implemented in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Deputy Minister Andrzej Papierz attends Foreign Affairs Council meeting with development cooperation ministers in Brussels
The future of the instruments for financing the EU’s external actions was one of the main topics during today’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels which was attended by EU development cooperation ministers.
On Friday, 27 April, a special school in Kryvicy, around 100 km from Minsk, opened its vocational workshop. Funded by the Polish Aid programme as part of the small grants disbursed by the Polish Embassy in Minsk, the project was carried out in collaboration with the Pure Heart church charity.
Polish Medical Mission Association builds health centre in Myanmar as part of 2017 Polish Development Assistance call for proposals
A health centre capable of admitting 1,600 patients a month, medical care and free-of-charge medication to 600 children and 400 pregnant women, training for midwives and future mothers, vaccines for school children – these are the results of seven month’s work of the Polish Medical Mission in Wakema Township, the Irrawaddy River delta.
Students from the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and Central Asian (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) countries can now apply to the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme.
Students from 17 developing countries (Angola, Chile, Ethiopia, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam) can now apply to the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme.
Since the outbreak of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the MFA has assisted internally displaced persons from Donbass and the poorest communities that host them. The current measures aim at ensuring basic health, psychological and welfare care. Polish aid also funds projects to boost entrepreneurship and to find employment in the new place of residence.
On 18 January the Central Library of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow hosted the opening of the Polish Aid 2015-2016 exhibition mounted by the Polish MFA.
On 1 January 2018, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange raised scholarship rates for foreigners studying in Poland.
Winners announced in 4th Lens on Development 2017 photo contest by MFA and National Geographic Poland
“Held by the MFA and the world-renowned National Geographic, this contest offers insights into development issues which affect many people and societies,” Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said at a Lens on Development gala award ceremony.
Poland contributes 50 mln euro to EIB programme focused on countries affected with the migration crisis
Poland was the first EU country to sign the agreement with the European Investment Bank on joining the Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI).
On 18-19 October 2017, the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) started its project of distributing parcels with food and hygiene kits in Kurdistan. The aid was delivered to 1,150 families (around 6,440 people) who live in northern Iraq’s Khabat District.
On 24 October 2017, the equipment was officially presented to the hospital in the presence of the province’s authorities, the hospital managers and the Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Barbara Szymanowska.
Tanzanian teachers from secondary and technical schools in Dodoma and Didia took part in trainings conducted in September and October 2017 within the project: "Tools for Development. Improving the quality of secondary and vocational education in Dodoma and Shinyanga regions in Tanzania through modernization and equipment of libraries and introducing training program in schools in Dodoma and Didia” implemented by Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service – Youth for the World and co-funded by the Ministry of For
The Institute of Urban Development in Krakow in collaboration with the Institute of the City of Lviv have organised the Social Economy School, now already into its third edition, for representatives of Ukraine’s non-governmental organisations, local governments, and entrepreneurs.
“Georgia has been a priority beneficiary of Polish development assistance since 2004,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Joanna Wronecka during her talks with Georgian government officials.
On 16 September 2017, the peak of Pip Ivan (2,028 m) in the Eastern Carpathians mountain range saw the inauguration of Ukraine’s first high-altitude mountain rescue station.
This year’s edition of the HDIM is taking place between 11 and 22 September.
In July 2017, the Polish Bieszczady Mountains became a training ground for Ukrainian mountain rescuers in rescue rope techniques.
Humanitarian aid has been provided to Jordan since April 2016 in cooperation with Caritas Poland and the Free-Syria Foundation. It included delivery of food and baby-care items as well as psychological assistance to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians.
In the Tremplin centre in Dakar, vocational training was held for more than 100 boys, who had been living on the streets for years.
Ratification of the convention opens up new prospects for cooperation in the field of disabled pople's rights.
This year, four training modules will be attended by over 60 officials.
Polish-Ukrainian emergency medical rescuer exercise took place on 2-4 September 2016 in Berehove in Ukraine.
Apart from providing immediate humanitarian relief, Poland helps Ukrainian IDPs to reintegrate with society, and stand on their own feet in their receiving communities.
In the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - “World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering."
Talks on bilateral cooperation, security in the region and support for Jordan to help refugees were the main points of Minister Witold Waszczykowski’s visit to Jordan.
Granting aid for refugees from Syria and Iraq and showing solidarity with Jordan’s citizens and authorities who receive them are the main objectives of foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski’s visit to this country on Monday.
EuropeAid has launched a call for proposals in the Regional Development and Protection Programme in Ethiopia.
On 15th and 16th June 2016 the jubilee, 10th edition of European Development Days (EDD) was held.
On Monday, 23 May, Prime Minister Beata Szydło participated in the first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (Turkey).
Undersecretary of State Joanna Wronecka met on April 29th the OECD's Development Assistance Committee delegation, which visited Poland to carry out the first Peer Review of Polish development cooperation system.
Communication concerning the appointment of the Development Cooperation Policy Council - II term for the years 2016-2020
Pursuant to the Development Cooperation Act of 16 September 2011 (Journal of Laws 2011, No. 234, item 1386) the Development Cooperation Policy Council functioning alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs was appointed for its II term in the years 2016-2020.
Projects of government administration and its subordinate bodies recommended for implementation within the framework of the "Development cooperation plan for 2016"
On 6 April 2016 Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joanna Wronecka visited Prague, where she participated in a meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the V4 countries.
Poland has declared to make a contribution in an amount of 1.1 million euros to the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.
Future shape of development cooperation was discussed during the conference held on 21 January at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.
Results of the public opinion poll on Polish development cooperation conducted by the TNS Polska between 27 November - 2 December 2015 on a representative sample of 1,014 residents of Poland aged 15 and higher.
Confirmation of the very good relations between Poland and Jordan, support for the Jordanian authorities in the face of the Syrian crisis and inauguration of two projects financed under Polish development aid were the main goals of the Polish delegation’s visit to the Kingdom of Jordan.
We present the summary of the European Year for Development 2015.
You could become a Polish Aid Volunteer too. This publication will show you how - in just eight simple steps. Enjoy reading!
Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik welcomed a Moldovan delegation to mark the completion of the project titled “Support to public administration in Moldova in preparing a National Strategy of Moldova’s Regional Development for 2016-2020".
Find out what is the primary purpose of humanitarian aid, who provides the support and what forms it may take. Enioy reading!
The publication presents some of the projects undertaken on the initiative of the MFA within the framework of global education. Enjoy reading!
The European Year for Development (EYD) is drawing to an end. On 9 December 2015 its closing ceremony was held in Luxembourg.
On 5th December 2015 MFA Undersecretary of State Konrad Pawlik attended the 25th anniversary event of the Centre for East European Studies. “The Centre’s graduates have a chance to become leaders of change in their countries,” he said on Saturday.
Konrad Pawlik, Undersecretary of State at MFA, congratulated the winners, and the gala was hosted by Martyna Wojciechowska, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic.
The inauguration ceremony took place in Warsaw on 30 November 2015 and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland and the National School of Public Administration holds an internship in the field of civil service under the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
Deputy minister Konrad Pawlik initiated the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme.
On 22 November 2015, the award gala of the VI HumanDOC International Film Festival “Global Development in Cinema” took place in Kinoteka movie theatre in Warsaw.
The “Window to the World” project entailed the purchase of specialised rehabilitation equipment for disabled people and a mini production line for candle manufacturing.
Recruitment has now closed for new scholarship programmes addressed to citizens from developing countries, co-financed by the MFA under Polish Aid.
The Polish Embassy in Minsk, in cooperation with the State Educational Boarding School in Molotkoviche, is implementing a project titled “Social Inclusion of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Molotkoviche in Belarus.”
On Sunday, 27 September, Krakowskie Przedmiescie street in Warsaw changed into the Global Education Town, where its visitors had a chance to discover how Poland helps other countries.
Why should we help those who live on the other side of the world? How does it all affect you and how can you get involved? The Global Education Town, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will try to answer these and many other questions. It will be set up on Krakowskie Przedmiescie street in Warsaw, on 27 September 2015.
On 13 September, Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik inaugurated the third edition of local government reform training dedicated to Georgian officials. It is provided by the Polish MFA as part of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
On 5-6 September, the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk hosted the first international manoeuvres of paramedics. It marked begining of operations of the Maltese Relief Service in Ukraine. Thanks to Polish Aid the Order of Malta provided training and equipment for 70 Ukrainian rescuers.
Presentation of the Development Co-operation Report 2015 was the chief aim of a visit to Warsaw by Erik Solheim, Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD DAC). The discussion of the report at the Polish Institute of Diplomacy was attended by Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik.
In the belief that every citizen should have access to reliable and objective information, representatives of thirty-five countries met in Warsaw on Thursday to discuss Russian-language media initiatives at a conference opened by the chief of Polish diplomacy Grzegorz Schetyna.
“Polish Aid helps to support democracy, promote social and economic change, reduce poverty, and improve education systems,” Undersecretary of State Konrad Pawlik said at the inauguration of a photo exhibition devoted to Poland’s development and humanitarian assistance. The event is hosted by the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw.
Development cooperation and Middle East issues were the main themes discussed during a four-day visit paid by Undersecretary of State Konrad Pawlik to Israel and Palestine on 24-27 August.
From 2nd to 28th September the Open-Air Gallery of the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw will host photography exhibition Polish Aid 2012-2015.
The World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day when, in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
On Tuesday, 18 August, Vice Minister Konrad Pawlik presented in the MFA seat honorary distinctions for activity strengthening Poland’s position on the international arena to representatives of the management of the National Headquarters of the State Fire Service.
We invite you to see the results of the Eurobarometer public opinion survey on humanitarian aid and civil protection.
First aid training is provided to Ukrainian volunteers by instructors from the Relief Service of the Polish Association of the Order of Malta thanks to the financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The World Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland launched a knowledge sharing event in Tbilisi on 22-23 June.
On Monday, Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik and Ambassador Katarzyna Skórzyńska inaugurated a training programme for diplomats from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The event took place at the Polish Institute of Diplomacy.
“In response to Ukraine’s appeals for help, the Polish government is sending the third transport of humanitarian aid to this country today,” said Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik, transferring a Polish-German convoy of material aid to the Ukrainian side today in Kyiv.
Third transport of Polish humanitarian aid for people affected by hostilities in the east of Ukraine sets off from Warsaw.
On 3-4 June 2015 in Brussels, European Development Days, a periodic international forum dedicated to development and cooperation across the world, took place.
The Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross met on Tuesday Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik.
15 tons of humanitarian aid were dispatched in five military planes from Krakow and Warsaw to Kathmandu on Saturday.
The day after the earthquake which took place in Nepal a heavy searching and rescue team from Polish Fire Brigade HUSAR POLAND went to the scene in order to provide rescue assistance to victims.
On April 8, 2015 the OECD published on its website preliminary data on Official Development Aid (ODA) granted in the year 2014 as well as forecasts regarding following years.
Preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, the situation in Georgia and in the South Caucasus region, as well as bilateral relations between Poland and Georgia were the main topics of MFA Undersecretary of State Konrad Pawlik’s talks with Georgia’s Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili, and Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Archil Karaulashvili.
On 23rd March 2015 a meeting in the framework of the project "Preparation of the Ukrainian local governments to implement the decentralization reforms and association with the EU" took place in the Presidential Palace.
The main theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water and sustainable development”.
A transport with humanitarian aid for internally displaced people (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine departed from Warsaw to Dnepropetrovsk on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
The Department of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received an honorary award of the Minister of National Defense at a conference The balance of Polish presence in Afghanistan, held on 10th February 2015. On behalf of the Department the reward was received by it’s Director, Mrs. Zuzanna Kierzkowska.
We are happy to present two 2015 calendars with development cooperation motives.
According to a recent public opinion poll seventy-one percent of Polish citizens believe that Poland should support the development of less developed countries.
On 9 January 2015, an official inauguration of European Year for Development (EYD) 2015 was held in Riga, the capital of Latvia, a country which took over the EU Council presidency on 1 January 2015.
After the tsunami and its catastrophic consequences, Poland was one of the countries that helped Indonesia a decade ago. To mark the anniversary of these tragic events, Indonesian authorities thanked all the helper-nations for their support.
A third evaluation of Polish development cooperation tasks is now complete.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) convened a High Level Meeting from 15 to 16 December in Paris.
A convoy carrying humanitarian aid for refugees from eastern Ukraine reached Kharkiv on Friday. Thirty four State Fire Service lorries have delivered over 150 tonnes of the most urgent material aid, including food parcels, parcels for children and babies, hygiene items, clothes, sleeping bags for winter, beds, blankets, and heaters.
Polish Foreign Minister Schetyna and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Zubko signed a cooperation agreement to support local government reform in Ukraine
On 17 December 2014, MFA head Grzegorz Schetyna and Gennadiy Zubko, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Housing and Public Utilities, signed a cooperation agreement to support the local government reform in Ukraine.
Made up of 34 State Fire Service lorries, the convoy is carrying over 150 tonnes of the most urgent material aid. It was dispatched by the Polish government on 17th December 2014 in response to Ukraine authorities’ appeals for support to Ukrainians who are in need and face the onset of winter.
Visits to MFA, Parliament, the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, as well as learning about the offer of Polish higher education institutions and visiting museums - are on the programme of the study tour to Poland, organised as part of the Lech Wałęsa Solidarity Award.
On 16-22 November 2014 we had the pleasure to welcome a group of twelve representatives of the Byelorussian central administration that took part in the training entitled 'Accession of Belarus to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)'.
On 18 November 2014, a ceremony finalizing the project “Equipment purchases for disabled people in Myanmar” took place at the Office of the Republic of Poland in Yangon.
A week-long training on European integration has been organised in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration. It is addressed to Georgian and Moldovan administration officials.
V HumanDOC International Film Festival – Global Development in Cinema will start on 7 November in Warsaw, Kraków and in Poznań
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration and the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, is organizing another round of trainings in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
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Deputy Minister Tomasz Orłowski meets representatives of Steering Committee of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
Some of the topics covered during the talks were the role played by civil society in reform processes, and the importance of a constructive dialogue between non-governmental organizations and government bodies.
Summary of development cooperation between the Institute of Erosion and Irrigation in Baku and the Institute of Technology and Life Sciences in Falenty
In early September, the Institute of Technology and Life Sciences in Falenty made a presentation in Baku’s Institute of Erosion and Irrigation. The presentation summed up a series of Polish aid development projects that were implemented in Azerbaijan in 2009-2014.
In 8-12 September 2014, we hosted a 16-member group from Georgia’s Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure and local authorities. They took part in a training session entitled ”Local Government Reform in Georgia” organized in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration.
Prize-winning photos in the competition organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are on display in Parade Square from 5 September until 6 October 2014.
World Humanitarian Day was set in order to commemorate the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August 2003.
On 20-30 June 2014 at the Fire Service College of the State Fire Service in Krakow there was a training for the representatives of the Armenian rescue service.
On 27-29 August 2014 in New York a conference "2015 and beyond. Our action agenda" will take place.
On 15 July 2014 a global education lesson was held at the Society of the Friends of Children in Suchedniów, organized by the Kielce's Regional Centre of International Debate. The meeting was attended by 30 participants aged 5-13.
The informal ministerial meeting, which took place on 15th July 2014 in Florence, centred on the post-2015 development agenda issues and the role of private sector in development.
At the seminar held on 26-27 June 2014, the experiences of Polish transformation and their adaptability for the present needs of the Eastern Partnership countries were discussed.
At the request of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared the second modification of the Development cooperation plan in 2014.
From 8th to 18th of June 2014, a delegation from Moldova visited the Pomeranian Agricultural Advisory Centre in Stare Pole. The aim of the study visit was to present good examples of self-employed forms of entrepreneurship, the forms of supporting entrepreneurship in rural areas and tasks of the institutions responsible for providing support to potential beneficiaries maintaining or starting their own business.
Poland seen through the eyes of famous photographer – campaign launched by the MFA on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first post-war free, pluralistic elections, 15 years of NATO membership and 10th anniversary of EU accession.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of free Poland, the first ever international Lech Wałęsa Solidarity Prize was presented in Warsaw on 3 June. The award went to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatars.
“Nigeria is one of Poland’s major African partners and our cooperation has been developing harmoniously,” said Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Kacperczyk at a meeting with Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. The meeting was held in Warsaw on 23 May 2014.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council with participation of development ministers was held in Brussels on 19 May 2014. Poland was represented by Mrs Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation, Polish Diaspora and Eastern Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev has won the first Solidarity Prize. President Bronisław Komorowski will award him on 3 June 2014 at Warsaw’s Royal Castle.
Department of Development Cooperation presents European Commission booklet "The Busan Commitments. An Analysis of EU Progress and Performance." The publication was prepared on the occasion of the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Considering the political situation in Ukraine and the necessity of allocation of additional funds for the observation mission deployed by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), particularly relating to the presidential election in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs developed a modification of Development cooperation plan in 2014.
Over 1 500 participants from more than 130 countries attended the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation held in Mexico City, 15-16 April 2014.
On 8 April 2014, the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (DAC OECD) published an initial summary concerning Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided to developing countries in 2013.
Self-government reform in Ukraine and Poland’s local administration experience dominated the agenda of a visit that a Polish delegation headed by chief of the President’s Chancellery Jacek Michałowski paid to Kyiv on Monday.
On Thursday, Minister Radosław Sikorski met with Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. The two officials discussed Poland’s assistance for Ukraine, especially in reforming its local governments and finances, and fighting corruption.
On 14 February 2014, Deputy Minister Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz met in Stockholm with Frank Belfrage, the State Secretary at the Swedish MFA, and Tanja Rasmusson, the State Secretary for Development at the Swedish MFA.
"We?ve never had an opportunity to host so many of our partners in development assistance like we have today," said Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Deputy Foreign Minister, during a meeting with representatives of non-governmental agencies, think-tanks and academic centres, who participated on 11 February in a discussion addressing the issue of Polish development cooperation.
The Polish Embassy in Tbilisi, in cooperation with the European Center for Minority Issues, organized on 23 January 2014 a seminar on Polish involvement in reforms of local governments in Georgia.
"Besides knowledge, you will also gain friends", said MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz at the inauguration of a new Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme.
The campaign strives to improve security as well as to make it possible to provide medical services in armed conflicts and other dangerous situations.
"After the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius a good time has come for Moldova to set a realistic European agenda", MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz underscored during her two-day (9-10 December 2013) visit to Moldova.
On 9 December 2013, ten representatives of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Agency started their training in Warsaw.
On 5 December, thousands of volunteers worldwide observe the International Volunteer Day designated by the United Nations.
The American director Kate Ryan and her documentary Welcome to Nowhere won the Grand Prix at the 4th HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival "Global Development in Cinema".
Thanks to Poland's development assistance, students at an orphans' school in Timor-Leste will now have access to modern computer equipment.
During the European Development Days on 26-27 November 2013 the Eurobarometer published results of a survey "EU Development Aid and the Millennium Development Goals".
"Poles have a deeply ingrained sense of solidarity with people in need", Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said when presenting awards to the laureates of the MFA photo competition "Lens on Development" - 2013 edition.
The MFA conducts trainings for Moldovans in EU negotiations in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
Poland must not remain indifferent to the suffering experienced by victims of the Syria conflict - said MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, who paid an official visit to Lebanon on 18-21 November 2013.
On 11 October 2013 the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski signed the Act on the Amendment of the Development Cooperation Act.
On 5 November 2013 First Lady Anna Komorowska officially presented a multifunction operating table to the "Shepherd Hospital" in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem).
On 24 October 2013 a delegation of the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) paid a study visit to Poland.
The Department of Development Cooperation, in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration (KSAP), has organized a civil service training on 21-25 October 2013.
The main subject of the discussions which took place on 25 October 2013 in Warsaw, was the November Eastern Partnership Summit and the support for joint Polish-American initiatives for the benefit of EP countries.
Development activities in the Eastern Partnership countries, democracy support and the future shape of development cooperation were the main topics of talks.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has accepted the 2014 Development Cooperation Plan implemented through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland from special purpose funds allocated to development cooperation, MFA funds, and funds allocated by other ministries active in development cooperation.
MFA statement on Poland's membership of OECD Development Assistance Committee.
Since 2006 Poland has allocated over euro 10 million to development projects in Georgia.
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In the present year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to organise courses in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration (EPAPA).
'Polish aid amounts to 250 projects annually carried out on all continents', said Minister Radosław Sikorski presenting, with Deputy Minister Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, the 2012 Polish Development Cooperation report on 3 October.
A high-level meeting was held at the 68 session of the UN General Assembly in order to asses the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.
The SENSE (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) training was inaugurated in Warsaw on 23 September 2013. It is carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in the framework of Polish development aid.
On 11-13 September 2013, Burmese political activist and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi paid a visit to Poland.
Minister Bogusław Winid attended a meeting with a delegation of high level Afghan officials, among them six deputy ministers and two department directors. One of the topics discussed during the meeting was the Polish assistance in the creation of state structures in Afghanistan.
Since mid-August 2013 the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) has been accepting applications for support aiming at fostering and encouraging democratization and deep and sustainable democracy in the European Neighbourhood.
Eight Afghan high level officials, among them six vice ministers, paid a visit to Poland to participate in a one-week leadership and public administration management course.
Owing to the financial assistance amounting to nearly USD 19.000 from the Polish development aid funds, the village school Institution of St. Michael the Archangel in the town of Casale in Haiti has received new computer equipment and Internet access.
If you like taking pictures and are interested in the subject of developmental aid, plus you can illustrate how education contributes towards the improvement of life, or how nature influences humans, send your work to the ?Lens on development" photo contest. Entries shall be accepted until 20th October.
From 3rd to 7th June 2013 the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz visited Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to provide political consultation and an overview of Polish Aid projects implemented in the area during her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldayev.
From 3rd to 8th June 2013 the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz is visiting Kirgizstan and Tajikistan to provide political consultation and an overview of Polish Aid projects implemented in the area.
The European Endowment for Democracy is ready to initiate the work on promotion of democratic processes in the European Neighbourhood countries. Its secretariat is located in former premises of the Polish Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in cooperation with the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland has announced enrolment for a new scholarship scheme, which is named after an outstanding Polish mathematician – professor Stefan Banach.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has published preliminary data regarding the level of assistance provided by countries with observer status in the DAC.
The Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) has published an analysis of the levels of Official Development Assistance (ODA) achieved by the individual EU Member States.
Poland is present in Afghanistan through a variety of aid projects aimed at benefiting the country and its citizens. In 2012 these included projects of PRT Ghazni, support for Afghan administration and contributions towards multilateral funds.
On 24 April 2013 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a public debate entitled “Why is it worthwhile to help? Development cooperation as an instrument of foreign policy”. The meeting consisted of a discussion on Poland’s place in the international development cooperation system.
Polish Embassy in Yerevan carried out a project which involved marking of a tourist trail from Tatev to Harjis, village located by the Worotan river canyon in Syunik province.
On January 24th, 2013 Minister Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Undersecretary of State in MFA visited the Lviv State University of Life Safety.
Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, Director of Bielsat TV was honored with the European of the Year 2013 title by European edition of the international monthly Reader’s Digest. She was the first Pole to ever receive this award.
Aid for East African countries will remain Poland's development aid priority - this is the key message of the visit by MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz to Kenya and Rwanda on 15-18 January.
The purpose of the visit is to evaluate the implementation and effects of Poland’s Development Cooperation in these states and discuss its future perspectives.
On 18th December 2012 The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) announced that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union is dedicated to children in conflict regions.
We published the working translation of the 2013 Development Cooperation Plan. We hope the document will help the preparation of projects and the establishment of lasting relations between partners.
The “Strategic Communication in Public Administration” initiative comprised seminars at KSAP and study visits to Polish government administration bodies and media outlets, enabling the participants to test their knowledge in practice.
On 12 November 2012, a delegation of Tunisian officials headed by the Minister of Regional Development Jamel Eddine Gharbi began an official visit to Poland.
28 October 2012 saw the awards gala of the 3rd HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival “Global Development in Cinema”. The Grand Prix for the Best Foreign Film was funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and went to Afghan Star directed by Havana Marking.
On 23-24 October 2012, the Department of Development Cooperation organized consultations for development cooperation directors from the Visegrad Group countries.
Eight representatives of Ghazni province branch of the Afghan Justice Ministry came to Warsaw for a seven-day study visit (22-28 October 2012).
In 2011, Poland contributed PLN 1.2 billion to Official Development Assistance (ODA). The lion’s share of that sum, PLN 978 million (79%), was allocated to multilateral assistance and PLN 261 (21%) to bilateral assistance. Development assistance expenditures accounted for 0.08% of Poland’s gross national income (GNI).
On 21 October, MFA Under Secretary of State Jerzy Pomianowski thanked the missionaries for their many years of work, speaking in the Cathedral Basilica in the Praga District of Warsaw on the World Mission Day.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has accepted the Development Cooperation Plan for 2013.
The SENSE training course (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) organized for participants from Egypt and Libya ended on 19 October, 2012 in Warsaw. It was the last edition of SENSE planed for 2012.
On 25-28 October, the Kinoteka movie theatre at Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science will host the 3rd edition of the HumanDOC International Film Festival “Global Development in Cinema”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration (KSAP) organized the “Strategic Economist Needs and Security Exercise” training for civil servants from Egypt and Libya on 15-19 October 2012.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on October 17th. This year marks its 25th celebrations.
World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16th. This day marks the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
Middle- and senior-level civil servants from the governments of Armenia (4 persons), Azerbaijan (4), Georgia (4), Moldova (6) and Ukraine (6) start their Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) training course in the framework of The Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
A visit of representatives of Tunisian administration and non-governmental organizations began on 8th October 2012.
On 29 September 2012, the University of Warsaw Library hosted the Fifth Polish Development Cooperation Forum showcasing Poland's aid to developing countries. The aim of this annual MFA event was to familiarize the public with Poland's efforts to help developing countries and meet global development challenges.
Poland’s National School of Public Administration (KSAP) in cooperation with the MFA Development Cooperation Department is initiating a two-week training course in public sector finances carried out in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration (EPAPA) programme.
The Development Cooperation Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the pleasure to invite you to the Fifth Polish Development Cooperation Forum, to be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on 29 September 2012 (Saturday) at the Warsaw University Library, 56/66 Dobra Street.
September 10th, on the occasion of the participation in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), Mrs. Catherine Bragg, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, met with representatives of the Polish government.
The second edition of this year’s Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise (SENSE) drew to a close on 7 September in Warsaw. The training was implemented in the framework of the Polish MFA’s development cooperation programme.
The Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) unites 9 European universities aimed at promoting humanitarian values, organizing professional trainings, as well as supporting research and reports on key humanitarian issues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Poland’s National School of Public Administration, will conduct a SENSE training (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) for government officials, oppositionists and civil society representatives.
In July 2012, the Notre Europe think tank in Paris published a policy paper entitled "European Development Aid: How to be more effective without spending more?"
On July 5th 2012, the European Parliament has officially adopted the written declaration on development education and active global citizenship. The declaration was adopted following the initiative of MEP's Filip Kaczmarek, Maria Badia i Cutchet, Michael Gahler, Catherine Grèze and Fiona Hall.
On June 28-29 plenary meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) DAC OECD was held in Paris. Poland was represented by Mr Krzysztof Olendzki, Deputy Director of the Department of Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On October 24-25 in Brussels an international fair AIdEx 2012, devoted to humanitarian and development aid, will be held together with the accompanying conference, whose goal is to discuss the topic of innovative approaches to humanitarian and development aid.
Pursuant to the adoption of the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme for the years 2012 – 2015 on 20 March 2012, the MFA has prepared an update to the 2012 Development Cooperation Plan.
With the background of Polish modern history and the political transformation, Poland is eager to share its experience on anticorruption activities with other governments, governmental agencies and civil society organisations.
The Development Cooperation Policy Council functioning alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs was established pursuant to the Development Cooperation Act of 16 September 2011.
On 8 February 2012, more than EUR 41,000 worth of medical equipment was officially handed over to the Vitebsk Regional Diagnostic Centre. The ceremony was attended by Leszek Szerepka, Poland’s Ambassador to Belarus.
The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. On 8 February 2012, the European Parliament in Brussels hosted the European inauguration of the initiative. The event was attended by EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.
On 24 February 2012, Under-Secretary of State for development cooperation and eastern policy Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz met the Board of Zagranica Group, an association of Polish NGOs involved in international development cooperation, democracy support and humanitarian aid.
Polish Centre for International Aid carried out a project in cooperation with the Polish Foundation for Somalia and the Kenyan Relief, Reconstruction and Development Organization (RRDO) – Humanitarian aid for Somali refugees suffering from famine
The third and last edition of this year's Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise (SENSE) training programme addressed to Afghan officials was organized in Warsaw on 4-11 December 2011
Since the end of November 2011, Polish embassies and consulates accredited to developing countries can present their proposals for development projects (project applications) to the Department for the Implementation of Development Programmes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 15-16th December the 6th edition of the European Development Days will be held in Warsaw. Please follow the European Development Days online
A week-long study visit to Poland by eight young social activists from Myanmar (Burma) linked to the National League for Democracy (NLD) has begun on 12 December 2011. It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 24-25 November 2011, an informal meeting of the Council of the European Union's Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) was held in the Foksal Palace in Warsaw
On behalf of Catherine Ashton, MFA Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation Krzysztof Stanowski took part in the 22nd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, held in Lomé from 21 to 23 November 2011
On 19-21 November 2011 Minister Stanowski paid a working visit to the Republic of Ghana. Minister Stanowski paid a visit to the Volta region, where Polish Aid projects are implemented, then he met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Chris Kpodo
A meeting dedicated to the implementation of assistance projects in the Ghazni Province in Afghanistan was held on 30 November 2011 in the Operation Headquarters of the Polish Armed Forces
In December 2010, the Government of Poland contributed US$ 490,800 to WFP's Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation. Thanks to this contribution, WFP was able to provide about 15,000 beneficiaries with nearly 400 metric tons of food
University of Warsaw, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme invite to the lecture of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway on development challenges
15-person delegation from observed parliamentary elections in Poland at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Electoral Commission
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland announces a photography contest about the development challenges in the world. The total prize money is more than 10 000 euro
A 6-strong Polish medical team has reached Libya today, 3 October 2011. The team will help those who suffered injuries during the many months of fighting that raged in Libya recently
The annual European Development days - have been launched today by the Polish Presidency, Under-Secretary of State, Krzysztof Stanowski and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs
On 16th of September the Polish Parliament approved Polish Development Cooperation Act
The opening of a photo exhibition "Africa through the eyes of Polish travelers and volunteers - global education" will be held on 30 August in the European Parliament
As part of the official visit of Polish President Bronisław Komorowski to Baku, MFA Under-Secretary of State Krzysztof Stanowski met, July 25th, with NGO representatives and holders of the L. Kirkland Scholarship from Azerbaijan
Krzysztof Stanowski, the Undersecretary of State in the MFA accompanied Kristalinia Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, on a visit to Kenya, as the Presidency representative
On 19 July 2011, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft Development Cooperation Act
Following the international donors conference 'Solidarity with Belarus' European Commission has launched two local call for proposals to support Belarusian civil society
Under the Polish Presidency, an informal meeting of EU ministers in charge of development took place in Sopot on 14th-15th July
The Institute of Public Affairs invites for the seminar which will be held on 27th of July 2011 in Warsaw
Information on the sixth edition of the European Development Days (EDD) which will take place on 15 and 16 December 2011 in Warsaw
The revived Board of the Polish Know How Foundation for International Development Cooperation met on 27 June, 2011. The key issues discussed during the meeting included restoring the Foundation's activity and the proposal to amend its Statute, which includes changing the name to "Foundation for International Solidarity"
The Agreement was signed on May 26, 2011 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Education and the Zagranica Group
Pursuant to the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of 27 April 2011, the MFA has received additional funds - amounting to PLN 1.5.m - from the budget target reserve, which have been allocated towards humanitarian aid for Libya
On 27 April 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Radio concluded an agreement on production co-operation in the creation of reports on Polish development cooperation projects funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 28th-29th April this year President Lech Wałęsa head Polish delegation during a visit organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The 6th International Confidence Award "Golden OTIS 2011" was given to the group of doctors and social workers who promote breast cancer prevention among Georgian women
On 21-25 March 2011, a pilot mission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Tunis. The purpose of the mission was to assess the possibility of broadening development co-operation with Tunisia
On 22 March 2011, the first session of the United States-Poland Democracy Dialogue was held in Warsaw.The U.S. side was represented by Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies to the U.S. Secretary of State. The conference was hosted on the Polish side by Krzystof Stanowski, Under-Secretary of State, MFA Poland
We present the fragments of the Annual Address given by Mr. Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, on March 16, 2011, with regard to the Polish development assistance.
On 2 February Warsaw hosted the International Donors' Conference "Solidarity with Belarus".
We invite you to watch the interview with Under-Secretary of State Mr. Krzysztof Stanowski during the European Development Days 2010 in Brussels.
We would like to present Poland's Development Co-operation Programme for 2011.
High level representatives of donor-countries and experts are to discuss humanitarian aid during the international conference, co-organised by the Polish MFA and the UN OCHA, which is due to take place on 12 October 2010 in Warsaw.
Brief summary of 4th Forum of Polish Development Co-operation which took place at Warsaw University Library on September 18.
On behalf of the FilmGramm foundation you are invited to the 5th Festival of African Films AfryKamera 2010.
Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski headed the Polish Delegation to the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on 20-24 September 2010.
On May 17 Warsaw hosted a conference devoted to Poland’s place in the international system of development cooperation.During the conference DAC special report on Poland was officially presented by DAC Chairman Eckhard Deutscher .
We would like to present key issues of principles of the Act on development co-operation
Polish-German workshops were organized in Warsaw on April 12-13 2010 by the Ministry of the Environment.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents key figures on Polish humanitarian aid to Haiti.
On February 4 2010 the MFA and the Ministry of National Education organized the official presentation of the “National report on global education in Poland"
On September 30 Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski opened the school for blind children during the official inauguration.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland has the pleasure to invite you to 3rd Forum of Polish development co-operation on September 19, 2009 (Saturday)
19th February 2009 was the deadline for applications for "Polish aid 2009". In total, 267 proposals were submitted of total value PLN 68 million.
On 9th February 2009 during the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski with the Palestinian National Authority Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Al-Malki a framework agreement on development cooperation between the Polish and Palestinian MFA was signed.
Minister of Foreign Affairs announces the Call for Proposals: „Polish Aid Volunteering 2009". The aim is to carry out volunteering projects as specified by the "Polish aid programme 2009"
Minister of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Minister of Education announces the Call for Proposals "Education initiatives on international development co-operation 2009"
Minister of Foreign Affairs announces the Call for Proposals to implement activities under "Polish aid 2009"
In connection with the dramatic humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to the appeal issued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has sent EUR 230,000 to help those who have been most harmed in the Palestinian Authority.
Come and see how Poland helps the world! On Saturday, 20 September, from 11 am to 6.30 pm at Krakowskie Przedmieście St. in Warsaw.
Please acquaint yourselves with the new Polish aid graphic sign
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a list of NGOs that are to receive subventions for activities in the filed of the development aid in the year 2008.
Call for Proposals to implement activities under the Polish Aid Programme 2008.
Poland backs the aid initiative for the victims of the Sidr cyclone. In the middle of November, Bangladesh suffered at the hands of cyclone ‘Sidr’ which caused the death of around 4 thousand people.
On November 27, 2007 at the MFA palace on Foksal Street in Warsaw, a United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference titled ‘Fighting climate change: human solidarity in a divided world’ was held pertaining to the UNDP 2007/2008 Human Development report.
On 19 – 22 November, 2007 an exhibition titled ‘Polish aid to the world’ was shown at the European Parliament in Brussels. Its inauguration on Tuesday, November 20 was hosted by Mr. Mieczyslaw Janowski, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Mr. Jan Tombinski, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the European Union.
From 7 to 9 November 2007, Lisbon will host the second European Development Days event.
Young diplomats from Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia came to Warsaw at the beginning of September 2007 in order to expand their knowledge of international co-operation, democratisation and modes of resolution of socio-economic problems.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland announces recruitment of candidates for short-term observers during OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission in Ukraine (September 30, 2007).
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has decided to grant assistance to the affected population in Moldova, North Korea, Peru and China.
Polish Aid Forum, organised by Development Co-operation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take place on September 22, 2007 in the main building of the National Library in Warsaw (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.).
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to implement the task : humanitarian aid to Darfur
Call for Proposals to implement the programme: Humanitarian aid to Darfur
Academy of International Co-operation for Development and Democracy will take place on September 17 – 20, 2007.
On June 25, 2006 a representative of the Polish Embassy in Beirut handed over Polish humanitarian aid to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on behalf of the Polish government.
The Education for Democracy Foundation invites to take part in trainings and a study visit.
The Exhibition presenting Polish foreign assistance will be shown in Warsaw University’s Auditorium Maximum from 15 to 28 June 2007.
The Education for Democracy Foundation announces a Call for Proposals opened for NGOs.
On June 6, 2007 a declaration of co-operation between the MFA and the Polish Episcopate’s Commission for Missions was officially signed.
Results of MFA’s Call for Proposals to implement the programme DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION - 2007
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the following entities have been granted subventions to implement the project “Polish Aid - 2007".
We are glad to present the multi-media educational material on the Millennium Development Goals - „The UN Millennium Development Goals – Get Involved”.
Walk the World March took place in Warsaw on May 13, 2007.
Directed to Polish Embassies and Consulates.
Open call for proposals announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland to implement the project: „Academy of international development co-operation and democratisation - 2007"
May 13, 2007 - we have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in Walk the World March, organised for the first time in Poland as part of the UN Fight Hunger Programme.
An international seminar on the role of the new EU member states in the European development policy, co-organised by the MFA and the MFA of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, took place in Warsaw on April 18 and 19, 2007.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to visit an exhibition devoted to the Millennium Development Goals at Silesian University from 23 to 28 April 2007.
Statistical Information on participation in the Call for Proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs - the programme Polish aid 2007.
264 project applications to implement projects within the Polish aid 2007 programme have been submitted in response to MFA’s Call for Proposals.
On April 23, 2007 an agreement to create “Belarus” TV channel was signed.
on the role of new donor countries in the European development policy. April 18 and 19, 2007 - Warsaw, Poland.
Open call for proposals announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland to implement the project: “Development Education – 2007”
to implement assistance projects within the Polish aid programme
Directed to local administration entities.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed gratitude for Poland’s growing engagement in the fight against world hunger and poverty.
March 30 at 1.30 p.m. in Warsaw University Library
Call for Proposals to implement activities under the Polish Aid Programme 2007.
Representatives of local authorities are invited to participate in information and training sessions. The trainings will present implementation opportunities of assistance projects within the Polish Aid Programme for the year 2007.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of all European Institutions: the European Commission , Council of the European Union as well as the European Parliament.
March, 7, 2007: 55 portakabins were officially donated to local authorities in Tebnine, south Lebanon.
Developed countries allotted the record amount of USD 106.8 billion to development assistance in 2005.
The United Nations invites children and youth aged 5 to 15 to participate in art competition to design a UN stamp on the theme “We can end poverty”.
Presentation of the exhibition in the Permanent Mission of Poland to the European Union, March, 6-14 2007.
Joseph Stiglitz appeals to Poles to accept more responsibility for poorer countries.
February 5, 2007 at 9 am from the Military Airport “Okęcie” Polish plane with humanitarian aid on board will depart to Lebanon.
The end of the year 2006 brought the conclusion of a series of trainings which constituted a part of a SENSE Programme...
Presentation of the exhibition in the Warsaw School of Economics, January, 16-31 2007.
Three fourths of Poles think that Poland should help poor countries
The Winners of the second edition of the call for essays of the series “Poland is a Promised land”, entitled “Challenges of international co-operation for development assistance”...
Dilemmas and challenges of Polish development co-operation
On November 30, 2006 in Sarajevo the government of the Republic of Poland handed over a donation directed toward mine clearing in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A prize-giving ceremony of the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organisations (AGFUND) will be held on December 12, 2006 in the PKiN Congress Hall in Warsaw.
Presentation of the exhibition in the Lower Chamber of Polish Parliament, December 4-8, 2006.
December 1 is celebrated as the World AIDS Day.
November 24, 2006 - an official project closing ceremony.
UN Word Food Programme informed about the biggest so far donation provided by Poland and directed to the activities of the WFP undertaken in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia and Tanzania.
The European Development Days have become a discussion forum where the participants had an opportunity to share different experiences and good practice.
On November 9, 2006 during a press conference entitled “Global water crisis” a UNDP Human Development Report 2006 entitled “Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis” was presented. The conference was officially opened by Mr. Rafał Wiśniewski Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
13-19 October, 2006
We kindly invite all higher education students to participate in the call for essays which constitutes a part of the series “Poland is a paradise” entitled: “Challenges of international co-operation for development assistance”.
Multimedia expositions and panel discussions of the series entitled “It’s time to help others”...
November 15-17 in Brussels
Presentation of the UNDP Human Development Report 2006
The Foundation for Education for Democracy invites to participate in a call for proposals ...
Humanitarian aid to Lebanon
18 October, 2006
Exhibition – Millennium Development Goals
We invite you to visit the exhibition in the gallery of the Świętokrzyska Tube Station in Warsaw between 16 October and 15 November, 2006
On 3 and 4 October, 2006 the Development Co-operation Department of the MFA of the Republic of Poland organised in Warsaw a seminar on development education.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland is continuing its action meant to provide aid to persons harmed in Lebanon as a result of the recent Israeli-Lebanese conflict.
The Education for Democracy Foundation which administrates as a result of a selection procedure the funds allotted by the MFA, invites Polish NGOs to apply for subventions for projects related to development education.
We are pleased to present results of the call for proposals organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of task DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION
Results of a call for proposals launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland for the implementation of a project DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION
We are pleased to invite for the training on development education, to be held on 3-4 October 2006 in Warsaw
Call for proposals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to implement the task “Humanitarian Aid for the people of Lebanon”.
On 5 September 2006, an information meeting together with a press conference was held, dedicated to the subject of assistance for developing countries and countries undergoing transformation, provided by the government of the Republic of Poland.