Poland outlines 2013 development, humanitarian aid plans

Polish flag. Poland will focus its official development assistance spending in 2013 on two thematic areas: democracy and human rights and systematic transformation or capacity building. Photo by: Łukasz Hejnak

Poland will focus its official development assistance spending in 2013 on two thematic areas: democracy and human rights and systematic transformation or capacity building.

This was outlined in the 2013 Development Cooperation Plan released by Polish Aid. The plan also confirms that Eastern European countries will remain the top recipients of Polish aid funds next year. The country plans to spend 60 percent of the estimated 1.83 billion Polish zloty ($579.7 million) it allocated as ODA for 2013 on projects in these countries.

The allocated ODA includes 1.43 billion Polish zloty to be administered by the Ministry of Finance. This would cover loans, technical assistance to recipient governments and contributions to international organizations like the World Bank. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, will administer a total 296.2 million Polish zloty, including Poland’s contribution to the European Development Fund.

Calls for proposal

According to the plan, Poland will announce at least four calls for proposals related to development cooperation next year. This includes a call for “Polish Development Aid 2013” that will be open to nongovernmental organizations, local government entities in Eastern Partnership countries, academic institutions and research centers, among others.

Funding levels for the development aid call for proposal have yet to be announced but the plan provides a list of priorities per recipient country:

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan – support for disadvantaged groups, environmental protection, agriculture and rural development.

  • Belarus – support for disadvantaged groups.

  • Georgia – support for disadvantaged groups, regional development, SMEs and jobs creation.

  • Moldova – public security and border management, regional development and capacity building, agriculture and rural development.

  • Ukraine – public security and border management, regional development and capacity building, SMEs and job creation.

  • Select east African countries – education, social empowerment, vocational training, environment protection and health care.

  • Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – self-governance, water and sanitation, SMEs and job creation.

  • West Bank and Gaza Strip – education, water and sanitation, SMEs and job creation.

Humanitarian aid

The 2013 plan identifies three ways Poland plans to spend its humanitarian aid budget next year. The first covers core contributions to pooled funds and key partners like the Red Cross and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The second type of contributions is through support for programs in response to sudden or unforeseen humanitarian situations while the last avenue covers responses to protracted and long-term crises.

Funding levels for the last channel is set to be decided following the release of U.N. consolidated appeals and the emergency appeal of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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