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Agenda 2030 and PCD - information and education

Through information and education, the project aims to engage citizens in a discussion on the Polish involvement in the implementation of Agenda 2030, particularly in the context of the activities taken up by Poland in the field of development cooperation. We are hoping that the increased awareness will form a stable foundation for carrying out effective changes towards sustainable development policy cohesion.

The Eurobarometer survey (2015) showed that nearly half of the respondents in the EU stated that they play no role in the fight against poverty in the developing countries. Only one third of the respondents are aware of what the Sustainable Development Goals are; the numbers in the EU-13 countries are below the EU average.

The following are the target groups of the project:

  • Specialists and academics engaged in development cooperation;
  • Journalists;
  • Decision-makers: public administration as well as representatives of legislative authorities and other public institutions;
  • Teachers and educators;
  • Polish NGOs operating in the field of development cooperation;
  • Citizens interested in the topic of development cooperation but without in-depth knowledge on this subject.

As an element of an undertaking financed within DEAR, the project is built on the results of the project implemented together with the Abroad Group in 2013-2016, called ”World-Wise Europe: A more coherent Europe for a fairer World,” the purpose of which was to strengthen the public and political support for the cohesion of development policies as a tool to attain the Millennium Development Goals.

Agenda 2030 and PCD - information and education

The project is aimed at improving understanding, knowledge and access to information on the topic of development cooperation, implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and development policy cohesion.

The first step is to prepare a report monitoring the implementation of Agenda 2030 in its international dimension. Such a report will be drawn up in 2018 as well as in 2019. It will be addressed primarily to persons acquainted with development cooperation issues (experts, academics and students, staff of NGOs, representatives of public administration and parliament as well as readers of publications by the Abroad Group).

An educational animation devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals is planned for 2019. With its attractive form, tailored to the expectations of today’s media recipients, it will be an opportunity to reach persons of various age groups and various levels of knowledge. With teachers in mind, the global education experts cooperating with the Group will prepare supplementary educational material to the animation.

Throughout the duration of the project, the Abroad Group will stay in regular contact with journalists, which will translate into a greater presence of development cooperation topics in public debate.

Improving awareness among the selected target groups and the general public should lead to greater acceptance in Poland of a state policy that has a positive impact on sustainable development in the developing countries, particularly in the Polish Aid partner countries.

The project consists of modules and will last for two years. The grant amount was PLN 40,240 in 2018 and PLN 60,280 in 2019. The project value is PLN 44,740 in 2018 and PLN 72,250 in 2019.

Agenda 2030 and PCD - information and education

The project consisted of two modules to be implemented from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2019.

Module 1 summary – 01.07.2018-31.12.2018

The target direct objectives of the project were accomplished:

  • broadening expert discussion and cross-sectoral dialogue pertaining to development cooperation / sustainable development;
  • deepening the understanding and knowledge of as well as access to information on the aforementioned issues among the target groups;
  • increasing the exposure of the issues related to development cooperation in the media and in the public debate.

The accomplished direct results of the project include:

  • Developing and publishing a 40-page monitoring report on the 2018 Polish Development Cooperation (circulation: 300 copies, on-line version, on-line summary in the English language and nine infographics showing, among others, the most important conclusions of the report).
  • Distributing the report and disseminating the information presented in the report - a debate was held to promote the publication of the report, with three experts and 50 participants taking part in the event; the publication was sent in paper version as well as via e-mail and the social media to 10 representatives of higher education institutions, 14 journalists, 80 representatives of public administration and parliament, 80 representatives of NGOs as well as over 1,250 users of the communication channels of Grupa Zagranica (an association of Polish NGOs).

The topics of development cooperation and sustainable development were featured in public press coverage - 8 press pieces.

There were no changes to the project design described in the application.