The exhibition presents photographs documenting the implementation of selected projects of Polish Aid, a development cooperation programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The photos illustrate the projects implemented in the period 2012 - 2015 within the framework of four calls for proposals: "Polish Development Aid", "Polish Humanitarian Aid", "Global Education" and "Polish Aid Volunteering Programme", as well as projects implemented through the Solidarity Fund PL foundation and the activities carried out by Polish diplomatic missions.
The aim of the Polish development cooperation is to create conditions for the sustainable development of developing countries, in particular through the promotion and strengthening of democracy, human rights and through the creation of modern and efficient state institutions. Actions aimed at reducing poverty, improving the health status of the population and raising the level of education and professional qualifications of the people in developing countries, are equally important elements of the Polish development cooperation. Polish Aid also includes humanitarian actions aimed at populations affected by armed conflicts or natural disasters.
The main part of the Polish bilateral aid is directed to states listed as “priority countries” for the period 2012 - 2015: the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda), North Africa (Libya and Tunisia), Asia (Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and the Middle East (Palestine).
The photos presented in the exhibition illustrate the Polish Aid project activities implemented in the last three years in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova, Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. The photos also show humanitarian actions aimed at Syrian refugees (in Jordan and Lebanon) and at the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
The Polish Aid projects are implemented primarily in cooperation with Polish NGOs, public institutions and universities. Polish diplomatic missions are also important partners in the implementation of the development projects.