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Poland’s Vision and Policies for Development Co-operation

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14 February 2017

The Polish Institute of International Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland had the pleasure to organize a seminar entitled: "Poland's Vision and Policies for Development Co-operation". 

This seminar was held to mark the launch of the report: OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Poland 2017

Below please find a brief synopsys of the event: 

Poland is Ready to be a More Effective Development Assistance Donor

"Poland is ready to become an even better partner for cooperation in development" - says the head of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka. She stated this on 14 February at PISM, during the official presentation of the report evaluating Poland’s  development aid system. Gornitzka indicated that Poland should first increase expenditure on bilateral assistance, and focus resources on a limited number of countries and sectors which  can bring added value. 

The report, "OECD Development Cooperation Peer Reviews: Poland 2017", presents the first comprehensive assessment of Polish development assistance, conducted after Poland joined the group of major DAC-OECD  donors in 2013. The purpose of this assessment is to identify ways to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Poland's development aid. Appreciating recent reforms designed to strengthen the national system of aid, the authors of the report provided 15 recommendations.

Despite the limitations of resources allocated to development aid, Poland’s presence in the group of donors is visible. Poland intends to participate in the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, by meeting the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (which include the promotion of peace, sustainable development, justice, and effective and credible institutions). There is a clear vision - consistent with international standards - that  gradually focuses on a smaller number of countries (eg. Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova) and brings its own unique knowledge, such as in the field of systemic transformation. This assistance is becoming increasingly predictable through the introduction of multi-annual programming and the adoption of appropriate legislation, which provide a strong legal foundation.

During the discussion on the DAC report, experts highlighted possible directions to improve the system of Polish development aid. First of all, Poland should increase resources devoted to development aid to 0.33% of gross national income by 2030, while also ensuring effectiveness of the increased  activities. In addition, there is a need to continue the positive changes in the system, such as the concentration on selected beneficiaries, clarification of strategy, improvement of   long-term planning, and consistency of activities with the long-term strategy. The government should also strengthen cooperation with NGOs and think tanks,  starting at the planning stage and improve communication in the country and abroad, on the importance of development cooperation and Poland’s commitment to ensuring effectiveness of aid. Experts pointed to the global trend of phasing out so-called tied aid (eg. loans for the purchase of goods or services in the donor country), as it is widely perceived as  ineffective, and suggested that the Polish government adapt its model to reflect this  global trend.

The DAC Report sets out the direction for possible improvement of Polish aid and should help decision-makers, officials and civil society to assess the progress of  implemented reforms. The next periodic review of Polish aid takes place in five years, when the DAC will be able to evaluate to what extent its recommendations have been considered.


10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Welcoming Coffee

10.30 – 10.35 Opening remarks by Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs

10.35 – 11.20 Presentation of the OECD-DAC Peer Review Report: Poland 2017  

  • Joanna Wronecka, Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation, Africa, Middle East and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs   
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee
Moderator: Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs

11.20 – 11.30 Q&A Session

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.15 Panel Discussion on Development Cooperation: Poland and other DAC Countries' Perspectives  

  • Zuzanna Kierzkowska, Director, Department of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Paul Wojciechowski, Ambassador of Australia to Poland
  • Georg Huber-Grabenwarter,  Permanent Delegation of Austria to the OECD
  • Jan Bazyl, Director of Grupa Zagranica
Moderator: Patryk Kugiel, Senior Analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs

13.15 – 14.00 Lunch

According to the OECD “peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in all Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries”.

Last year Poland was subject to a peer review. Official representatives of Austria and Portugal together with the DAC secretariat conducted the assessment of development cooperation system in Poland. As a result Poland received recommendations which can be used as a tool to improve the quality and effectiveness of the aid system.

The OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review of Poland Report presents the results of Poland’s first ever complete evaluation of development co-operation programmes, policies and efforts. Therefore, the event will be a unique opportunity to publish the report and discuss its main findings and possible ways of implementing them into Poland’s development cooperation strategy.

14 February 2017 (Tuesday), 10:00 to 14:00 p.m.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs
1a Warecka Street, Warsaw
Conference room, 1st floor

The debate was held in Polish and English (simultaneous translation). 

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