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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • GENERAL INFORMATION

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    Development assistance is the developed countries’ response to the problem of poverty that less developed countries have been facing for years. Less developed countries are unable to secure growth and development using their own resources, therefore, they require the assistance of other governments and development agencies. Bridging the global gap is the main challenge faced by the international community. Such effort requires the involvement of each and every nation. 

     

    Since joining the EU in 2005 and intensifying Polish-Palestinian bilateral relations, Poland has been actively participating in the development of the Palestinian Territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem).

     

    The assistance provided in the Palestinian territories takes the form of:

     

    (1) development projects implemented by Polish NGOs,

    (2) development projects implemented by the local Palestinian NGOs,

    (3) contributions supporting Palestinian refugees (via UN Consolidated Appeals and UNRWA).

     

    Poland also supports the cultural heritage of Palestine by providing contributions to the renovations of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem.

     

    The priorities of bilateral development cooperation are determined on the basis of the “Development Cooperation Plan” developed by the Development Cooperation Department of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This year the priorities include:

     

    1)           Human Capital

    a.           Improving the infrastructure of educational institutions at all levels and enhancing the capacity of the teaching cadre;

    b.           Improving infrastructure and access to pre-school education;

    c.            Improving access to social services (healthcare, education) for groups at risk of social exclusion (disabled, refugees, the elderly, unemployed, IDP, orphans).

     

    2)           Agriculture and Rural Areas Development

    a.           Increasing incomes and enhancing food security of rural households;

    b.           Improving competitiveness, efficiency and innovation of production groups, cooperatives and agricultural cooperatives;

    c.            Expanding access to markets for local food items, attaining higher product quality.

     

    3)           Entrepreneurship and the Private Sector

    a.           Increasing employability readiness among women and youth;

    b.           Increasing the access of youth, women and new graduates to high-quality technical and vocational training and employability counseling;

    c.            Improving the quality and infrastructure of organizations offering employability services (counseling, vocational training), esp. in East Jerusalem. 

     

    Polish non-governmental institutions interested in implementing projects in the Palestinian territories can apply for funding directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Open Call for Proposals – www.polskapomoc.gov.pl/Konkursy,dotacyjne,14.html ).

     

    Palestinian NGOs interested in applying for a small grant should visit the Representative Office of Poland in Ramallah or obtain more information at http://www.ramallah.msz.gov.pl/en/bilateral_cooperation/polish_aid/small_grants_/

     

    To learn more about the possibility of becoming a volunteer, visit http://www.polskapomoc.gov.pl/Wolontariat,polska,pomoc,986.html

     

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