In 2013, Poland joined other member countries of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – a forum bringing together the largest donors of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) addressed to developing countries. As a member, Poland is required to submit annual detailed ODA reports, in accordance with the applicable statistical directives of the OECD.
Official Development Assistance means public aid aimed at promoting the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
It may be implemented in the forms specified in Article 4 of the Development Cooperation Act of 16 September 2011, i.e. in particular in the form of:
1) financing for tasks entrusted to entities participating in the implementation of development cooperation;
2) transferring funds to the state budget of a developing country;
3) granting credits and loans;
4) reducing and restructuring developing countries' debt;
5) co-financing or providing technical support for actions financed primarily from the budgets of foreign countries, the European Union or other international organisations;
6) payments to international organisations, institutions, programmes and funds;
7) organisation of trainings and consultations for entities participating in the implementation of development cooperation;
8) drafting, publishing and dissemination of publications,
9) organisation of information activities.
Official Development Assistance is implemented in the form of bilateral and multilateral aid. Within the framework of bilateral aid, Poland targets its support mainly to the partner countries of Polish aid under specific thematic priorities. More information about geographical and thematic priority areas of Polish aid can be found in the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme.
Multilateral aid, on the other hand, involves making payments to the budgets of specialised international organisations , for example UNOCHA within the United Nations, ECHO within the European Union, or other organisations where Poland is a member. These organisations, acting within their competences, decide on further allocation of funds contributed by Member States, including Poland.
Data on ODA are collected, verified and processed by the Department of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Polish public institutions.
Please find below a link to the data on ODA committed by Poland since the time our country joined the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development, i.e. starting from 2013.