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  • 22 October 2013

    Poland has joined the world’s most prestigious development cooperation forum, i.e. the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD DAC). Poland’s experience of political and economic transformation will make a valuable contribution to the DAC debate on the future of development policy.

    As an OECD DAC member, Poland will have better access to the knowledge and best practices of Committee members. This will also help us become an even more credible and reliable donor - MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz said during the DAC meeting which took place in Paris on 22 October. On Tuesday, Poland was officially made a member of the OECD DAC.

    Deputy Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, who was head of the Polish delegation, noted that the application for OECD DAC membership was a natural consequence of the modernization of Poland’s development cooperation system. She also declared that Poland stands ready to take active part in the discussion about the future shape of official development assistance.


    OECD DAC Chair Erik Solheim underscored Poland’s notable achievements in development policy. Poland’s experience of political and economic transition can make a valuable contribution to the  debate on future development policy - said Solheim. The chair also applauded the continuous growth of our country’s development aid, whose value was close to PLN 1.5 billion in 2012. Poland is also the only EU member state to have raised its development aid spending in 2012, despite the global financial crisis. As other new DAC members, we can offer valuable insights and a wealth of practical experiences that can be shared with our partners - said Deputy Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. She assured that Poland will strive to reinforce the position of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and good governance in the post-2015 development policy.


    The OECD DAC is the world’s most prestigious forum of development cooperation. Its principal task is to coordinate assistance that the OECD’s most developed members extend to developing countries. The DAC memberships is granted to the biggest development assistance donors. The Committee is composed of 27 OECD members and the European Union.


    MFA Press Office

    MFA statement on Poland’s membership of OECD Development Assistance Committee


    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes today’s decision by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) to make Poland one of its members.


    Poland’s DAC membership confirms our position as an important donor of development assistance. The decision by DAC members will allow Poland to work in one of the most prestigious international cooperation forums that brings together the world’s major development aid donors. It also means that Poland has met the condition of reaching the requisite threshold of development assistance.


    Moreover, Poland’s presence in the OECD DAC testifies to the functioning in our country of a development assistance system that has firm legal foundations. We are confident that by working in the OECD DAC and meeting membership commitments Poland will further develop and streamline its development cooperation system.


    Since 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has increased by close to 20 per cent funds that are allocated under Poland’s development assistance scheme. Last year the value of Polish aid totalled approximately 1.5 billion zlotys. Poland was the only EU member state that raised its development aid spending in 2012, despite the global financial crisis. Development cooperation is based on the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2012-15, a strategic paper that the Council of Ministers adopted in March 2012.


    MFA Press Office

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