Polish development cooperation
During its political and economic transformation in the 1990s, Poland benefited from financial support provided by other countries and the international community. Now, Poland itself has become a development cooperation donor, providing support to its partner countries in the region.
The Polish Aid programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focuses on good governance, democracy and human rights, entrepreneurship and the private sector, sustainable agriculture and rural development, and environment protection. In the Europe and Central Asia region, its priority countries are Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Polish Challenge Fund
In December 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and UNDP launched the pilot Polish Challenge Fund (PCF), to engage Polish companies to address complex development challenges in partner countries.
The Challenge Fund is an innovative platform for gathering, identifying and competing solutions proposals that will be sustainable, suitable to the local context, and scalable and replicable within the country. The goal is to facilitate the transfer of Polish know-how, technology and innovative solutions, by pulling from the private sector, research institutes and universities.
The success of the programme is based on close cooperation between the Polish entities and local partners - to assure project viability and increased capacity on the ground - and the involvement of all possible financial resources and tools to increase the positive impact of development activities.
In 2020, the PCF focused on Republic of Belarus and Ukraine, supporting ten Polish innovations in the areas of green technologies, ICT and digital response to COVID-19 challenges.
Polish-UNDP Partnership – Innovative Solutions for the SDGs
On 1 May 2021, the “Polish-UNDP Partnership: Innovative Solutions for the SDGs” was launched, aiming to bring Polish expertise, know-how and innovative solutions to the SDGs in partner countries. The project builds on the experience accumulated through the 2020 PCF. Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Poland joined the UNDP regional multi-partner response BOOST Solutions for COVID-19.
In addition to the Challenge Fund modality, the new project has a Knowledge Management component and focuses on Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, and four development challenges: green technologies & smart solutions, information and communication technologies (ICT); anti COVID-19 solutions and smart cities.