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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Polish government cuts ODA to Africa

The Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) has issued a press release on the results of the 2010 Call for Proposals by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which addresses the cut of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for NGOs working in the partner countries of Africa. “It’s a shame that Polish development organizations will have even less capacities for challenging the most burning development problems in Africa than they had a year ago”, IGO representatives have alarmed. According to the Call results published on February 24th only 2 million PLN to be granted for the Polish NGOs working in Africa, that is 150 per cent less than in 2009. Whereas the Polish government has cut aid for Africa, the overall volume of ODA available for NGOs working in other countries - mostly Eastern Europe - has increased. In 2010 there will be a lot of projects implemented by Polish ministries, authorities and local governments, which – according to IGO – may not be the best choice of development actors with respect to the reality of development cooperation in Poland. In sum, in 2010 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted less money to NGOs than a year ago (drop from 18 million PLN in 2009 to 15 million PLN 2010). According to IGO this will have a negative effect on the development of capacities of Polish NGDOs and the quality of their project work.

Source: Trialog information service