In Poland, opinion polls regarding public support for Polish development cooperation with developing countries have been conducted for 10 years. The most recent poll was conducted in December last year by TNS Polska. Its results show that 65 percent of Poles believe that Poland should support the development of less developed countries, and 22 percent are of a contrary opinion. Almost every other respondent (44 percent of those surveyed) who supports Poland’s provision of development assistance believes that we have a moral responsibility to help poorer countries. 46 percent of respondents believe that since we have been helped by richer countries in the past we should also support the poorer ones nowadays. As in previous years respondents voice the opinion that Poland can help poorer countries most in the fields of education (46 percent) and health (38 percent). Television continues to be the most popular source of information about Polish aid for other countries (89 percent), but this year has brought a notable surge in significance of other sources of information, such as the Internet (24 percent - increase of 7 percent points since previous poll) and the press (22 percent - increase of 6 percent points).
For years, Poland has been engaged in development cooperation for developing countries. Development cooperation is effected through programmes and projects which are addressed to specific groups of beneficiaries (bilateral assistance), as well as fees and voluntary contributions donated to international institutions, funds and organizations (multilateral assistance). We support democratization, building modern and efficient state institutions, reducing poverty, improving human health, and raising the levels of education and labour qualifications of communities.
Poland’s support helps carry out a number of projects, for example, upgrading water supply system in Kirgizstan and Tajikistan, which resulted in 30 thousand people gaining access to drinkable water, and creating a basic infrastructure for 8 thousand primary school pupils in Kenya. In Ukraine, innovative instruments to teach business skills have been developed and implemented at schools. Georgia has decided to embrace Polish solutions as regards the functioning of a system of small children’s homes.