Bilateral assistance is granted directly to the aid recipient. It usually comes in a form of projects carried out by Polish NGO's, administration bodies, local governments and Polish diplomatic missions. Bilateral assistance is addressed mainly to priority countries.
According to the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2016-2020 the current priority list includes:
Four Eastern Partnership countries:
Selected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East:
The Small Grants System
The Small Grants Fund was established in 2004 for the purpose of providing assistance on all the continents through the network of Polish diplomatic missions. The Small Grants include for example well drilling, minor infrastructure repairs, purchase of medical or educational equipment and various training projects.
In the framework of the Small Grants System, Polish diplomatic missions pursue small-scale initiatives (e.g. renovating school roofs, purchasing computers for cultural centres culture and building wells) which bring positive effects for the everyday lives of local communities. Such projects are financed in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.