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    How does Poland support developing countries?


    Poland’s involvement in developing cooperation stems from international solidarity. The world tending towards equal opportunities, respect for human rights, good governance, respect for the environment and sustainable development is a world that is safer, more stable and more friendly to its inhabitants.

    Polish development cooperation is carried out in the form of programs and projects targeted at specific groups of beneficiaries (bilateral aid) as well as regular and voluntary contributions transferred to international institutions, funds and organizations (multilateral aid). The major portion of the funding is transferred to the priority countries defined in the Polish Development Cooperation Program in cooperation with Polish NGOs, public finance sector entities, the Polish Academy of Sciences and universities. Polish assistance is implemented also in cooperation with the Polish diplomatic missions.


    Current Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme, covering the period 2016-2020 and containing a strategy of action for developing countries, was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 6 October 2015. The programme for 2016-2020 was developed taking into account the experience from the implementation of development cooperation in 2012-2015, analysis of strategic documents and partner countries’ needs and directions of development, and the work of the Development Cooperation Policy Council, as well as  EU initiatives.


    What is the “Polish aid” program?

    The Polish Development Cooperation Program – “Polish aid” comprises all actions coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland which are targeted at developing countries and their societies, whose primary goal is to create conditions for their sustainable development.

    This is achieved, in particular, through the promotion and consolidation of democracy, efforts made for human rights to be respected, promoting the creation of modern and effective state institutions, strengthening sustainable socio-economic development, as well as taking measures to reduce poverty, improve the health and increase the level of education and professional qualifications of the population.


    Besides the development assistance, Poland is actively involved in the provision of humanitarian aid, i.e. care and protection of a population that has been affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters or other humanitarian crises caused by nature or people. Poland also undertakes educational initiatives to raise awareness and understanding of global issues among its own citizens.


    International Cooperation


    Poland took an active part in the international community's efforts to elaborate a new set of development goals: the Sustainable Development Goals, which replaced the Millennium Development Goals; a new model of development cooperation funding, which culminated in the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (13-16 July 2015, Addis Ababa); and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was formally adopted at the United Nations Summit on 25-27 September 2015.


    On 22 October 2013, Poland became a member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – one of the key institutions in charge of setting modern development cooperation standards, development cooperation statistics, defining criteria for including countries in the list of development aid recipients and updating them.


    In 2016 DAC conducted the first peer review of Poland,  in the framework of its periodic reviews of the members’ development co-operation programmes. This review assessed the performance of Poland, and examined both policy and implementation. It takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of Poland.


    The first DAC Peer Review of Poland stated that Poland has been a valued development partner for Eastern European neighbours like Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, sharing knowledge and experience from its own socio-economic transformation, including reforming its public administration and growing its private sector. It also recommended the increase of strategic focus and scale of its aid to countries in other regions and sectors most in need.

    How to obtain further information?

    Detailed information on the activities pursued by Poland within development cooperation can be found at and in annual reports available at,i,publikacje,83.html.



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