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  • Every year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines geographical and thematic scope of initiatives conducted within the development cooperation budget overseen by the Ministry. Development assistance is carried out as bilateral programmes and projects as well as multilateral assistance (financial contributions to multilateral funds and programmes).



    1. Central administration bodies

    Central administration bodies (apart from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, which are the main links of Polish development assistance) implement development projects or provide assistance by making contributions to organisations, programmes and international funds (multilateral assistance). Central administration bodies can implement foreign assistance and development assistance projects.



    1. Local government


    Cooperation with local administration was launched in 2006. Since then local governments were being encouraged to be more involved in development assistance activities. After the announcement of the possibility of submitting project applications by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, they can submit development cooperation or democratization and civil society development projects. The technical and financial assessment of the project is conducted by the MFA Development Cooperation Department based on certain criteria defined in the “Guidelines”.


    1. Non-governmental organizations


    NGOs are one of the main partners of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the development and execution of annual assistance plans. Due to the specific nature of activities carried out within the framework of foreign assistance, the MFA co-operates mainly with NGOs that carry activities abroad. Current contacts are made through the Zagranica Group (a platform of 40 organisations oworking abroad). Every year, the MFA announces several calls for proposals directed to NGOs. In 2004, the total amount of funds provided in this way was more than PLN 1.5 million, and in 2012 it reached the level of more than PLN 22 million. There was also an increase in the number of organisations that implemented projects co-financed by the MFA. An important instrument of cooperation between the MFA and NGOs is the Council for Cooperation with NGOs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose work was inaugurated on 16 January 2003. It is an important part of social diplomacy, a forum on which views on the trends and priorities of Polish foreign policy are exchanged. The Council’s members include: Caritas Polska, the Centre for International Relations, the Stefan Batory Foundation, the Institute of Public Affairs, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Association ”Dom Europejski”, the ”Pro Europa” Association, the Polish Red Cross, the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy, and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.




    1. Polish diplomatic missions


    The Small Grants Fund provides additional financing for aid activities which are initiated and drafted locally (in partner countries). Projects financed in the framework of the Fund are put forward by Polish foreign service posts and are characterized by fairly limited implementation costs. They aim to produce direct, positive consequences for the everyday lives of local communities. They include such tasks as building wells, minor infrastructure revitalization works, purchasing equipment for hospitals and school, as well as various types of trainings.




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