What are the development projects carried out by Polish diplomatic missions?
The development projects are initiated and carried out by Polish diplomatic missions worldwide in cooperation with local partners
Aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals, these projects enhance the lives of socially disadvantaged groups and provide them with better prospects for their future. The assistance is predominantly addressed to women and children, especially in terms of poverty eradication, educational opportunities and health care improvement.
Projects include not only small-scale infrastructure investments (i.e. so-called hard projects, such as renovation of facilities, construction of wells, purchase of equipment), but also trainings for members of local communities (i.e. soft projects).
These cost-effective initiatives have a substantial impact on beneficiaries as the assistance reaches them directly. Prepared and initiated at a local level, projects take into account the real needs of the most vulnerable groups of people as well as the social and cultural reality of a given community. Project management does not generate additional costs as it is part of the diplomatic mission’s responsibilities.
Who may carry out a project and who could be its beneficiary?
The development projects are carried out by Polish diplomatic missions in cooperation with their local partners, such as local NGOs, state institutions, local authorities or religious organisations including missionary centres in situ, which, apart from their religious activity, implement projects aiming at the rise of the local population standard of living.
Diplomatic missions are responsible for the organizational, financial and reporting sides of the project. Local partners and beneficiaries play a crucial role in initiating the projects within the Polish aid framework. The best and most valuable projects are selected by relevant Polish diplomatic missions and approved by the MFA in Warsaw.
Project beneficiaries are predominantly representatives of socially disadvantaged groups, especially women and children. Depending on needs and regional characteristics, the choice of beneficiaries always reflects the principle of equal treatment, in particular in relation to sex, age, religion or ethnicity.
Where might the projects be implemented?
Projects might be implemented in a given developing country from the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients. A list of countries entitled to the Polish Aid funds is updated every year and published in the annual development cooperation plan.
In recent years, the majority of projects financed from Poland’s development cooperation funds have been carried out in the Eastern Partnership countries and Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects have also been implemented in Asia, North Africa, Middle East and Western Balkans.
When and how to apply for funding?
Calls for project proposals are announced on the basis of an annual development cooperation plan which specifies thematic project field. The Polish diplomatic mission are invited to submit projects applications in the last quarter of the year preceding project implementation.
Partners from developing countries interested in cooperation with a particular diplomatic mission can apply throughout the year to the territorially competent embassies. This allows cooperation to be initiated at an early stage and the drafting of an application compliant with MFA and diplomatic mission requirements.
How to obtain more information?
To obtain more information about possibilities of conducting a project in a particular region, please contact the territorially competent Polish diplomatic mission.
In case of a lack of sufficient information, in particular concerning the project implementation guidelines, contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.