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Polish government cuts aid to Africa

Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced results of call for proposals for development projects in 2010. Project aid to Africa was cut almost by half and the overall amount of funds for NGO projects decreased significantly - these are the two main conclusions done by the Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) in it's recent analysis.

In the call announced in October 2009, NGOs and other types of implementing institutions competed in the same call for proposals for the first time. Following institutions were eligible to submit proposals for projects that will be implemented in 2010:

  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
  • government administration (i.e. ministries and other government institutions),
  • local government institutions,
  • research & development institutes,
  • public and private higher education institutions.

NGOs are still the main partner for the Polish MFA in implementation of projects with 62% of available funds assigned to NGOs. Other type of institutions are far smaller actors.

Polish Aid: projects, brakdown by type of actor


However, the overall budget for NGO projects decreased by approx. 20% between 2009 and 2010. This is a second year in a row that has seen such a decrease. Since 2008 project aid for NGOs decreased from 26.62 million zloty (approx. 7.58 million euro) in 2008 to 14.70 million zloty (3.66 million euro) in 2010.

The decrease was not even for all partner countries. NGO project aid for Belarus and Ukraine decreased slightly, while budget available for Georgia even increased - from 1.99 million zloty (0.56 million euro) in 2008 to 3.85 million zloty (0.96 million euro) in 2010.

Polish Aid: NGO projects 2008-2010, by country /region


The most striking fact is the continuous dramatic decrease of funds for NGO projects in Africa.

NGO project aid to Africa decreased from 6.17 million zloty (1.75 million euro) in 2008 to mere 1.26 million zloty (0.31 million euro) in 2010. In result, the funds for NGO projects in Africa available from the Polish MFA in 2010 are only 20% of what was available in 2008.

These figures do not include Angola which is one of priority countries of Polish aid and has therefore a separate budget envelope. However, in 2010, Polish MFA did not fund any project of Polish NGOs in Angola.

Polish NGOs' projects in Africa 2010

NGO projects in Africa are a very significant part of overall Polish ODA to this continent. Therefore, the dramatic cut for NGO projects has a major and negative influence on the ability of the Polish government to meet it's commitments in regard to Sub-Saharan Africa and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Institute of Global Responsibility issued a press release on these trends in February 2010 and is committed to mobilising Polish decision makers to deliver on aid promises, especially to Africa.

According to opinion polls from December 2009, 83% of Poles agree that the government should deliver development aid and 49% of Poles believe that Poland should provide assistance primarily to African countries.


Notes on data:

  • For 2008 figures, the yearly exchange for 2008 published by the Polish National Bank was used;
  • For 2010 figures, the monthly exchange rate for February 2010 published by the Polish National Bank was used;
  • For 2008 and 2009, Africa and Middle East shared the same envelope, while in 2010 a new “Sub-Saharan Africa” category was used by Polish MFA. However, due to small amounts of funds for Middle East the change does not have a major influence on overall statistics.
  • In data for all years between 2008 and 2010, the “Africa” category includes Tanzania. The country was one of the priority countries of Polish aid in 2008 and had therefore its own budget envelope.
  • In data for all years between 2008 and 2010, the “Africa” category does not include Angola which is the priority country of Polish aid since 2004 (when the first list of priority countries was published by the Polish MFA) and has therefore its own budget envelope.
  • The figures for 2009 and 2010 do not include funds available through the volunteer small grants programme of the MFA. This is due to the fact that the MFA published only aggregated statistics for 2008 NGO project aid in respective countries. However, due to the very small budget of volunteer programme the inconsistency has very little influence on overall trends of budget allocations.