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Photo exhibition in the European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament
Filip Kaczmarek
Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Krzysztof Stanowski

have the honor to invite to the opening of a photo exhibition
Africa through the eyes of Polish travelers and volunteers - global education

on Tuesday, 30th August 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

European Parliament
ASP Building in Brussels,
3rd floor, Space Bar


The photo exhibition Africa through the eyes of Polish travellers and volunteers - global education presents the achievements of the Poland's development co-operation programme, implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, in aid of Africa in the years 2007-2010. Furthermore, the exhibition presents Africa seen through the lens of the Polish traveller - Kazimierz Nowak in the years 1931-1936.

In the 1930s, Kazimierz Nowak - a Polish traveller, undertook a lone journey through Africa. Born in 1897 in the town of Stryj, Poland, he was a journalist, photographer, globetrotter and the first man in the world to travel across Africa by bicycle. He set forth in Tripoli and headed towards Cape Town, where he turned back and returned to Algiers by a different route. A bicycle was his main means of transport, however, he also travelled on foot, horseback, camel, or by canoe. In his travel journals, he described the everyday life and habits of African tribes. His reportages from the 5-year journey appeared regularly in Polish pre-war press. Thanks to his reportages and lectures delivered throughout Poland in 1937 he attracted growing interest. The traveller has never published his book. However, he left ample material in the form of reportages and thousands of photos, which have been published in book form under the title By bicycle and on foot across the Black Continent.

In the 1990s, Poland itself has been the recipient of development assistance. Due to financial, technical, and material aid received, Poland gained the opportunity to develop. Successful political and economic transition allowed Poland to join the European Union in 2004 and to become one of the providers of development assistance. As a donor country, Poland  intends to reduce the gap in standard and quality of living in the world between the Global North and the Global South. The number and the range of development assistance initiatives undertaken by Poland for the benefit of developing countries increases year by year. Our main partners in delivering aid to Africa are non-governmental organizations, which implement bilateral aid projects within the framework of Poland's development co-operation programme, including volunteer projects. 

In the years 2007-2010, the value of Polish Official Development Assistance (ODA) amounted to approximately 1,487.28 million USD, including 31.5 million USD of aid to Africa.

We would like to thank institutions and non-governmental organizations for their contribution of photo material.

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