Development Co-operation Directorate

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Poland 2017

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Published on February 14, 2017

The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each member are critically examined approximately once every five years.This review assesses the performance of Poland, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examines both policy and implementation. It takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of Poland.


Conducting the peer review
Abbreviations and acronyms
Poland's aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of Poland
The DAC's main findings and recommendations
Towards a comprehensive Polish development effort
Poland's vision and policies for development co-operation
Allocating Poland's official development assistance
Managing Poland's developmentco-operation
Poland's development co-operation delivery and partnerships
Results management and accountability of Poland's development co-operation
Poland's humanitarian assistance
Annexes3 chapters available
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Organisational structure
Perspectives from Ukraine on Polish development co-operation
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The DAC's main findings and recommendations available in English | French

More strategic focus would improve impact of Poland’s foreign aid, says OECD 

Poland has built up a small but solid presence in international development and should now focus its limited resources on areas where it can make the most impact, allocating more funds to bilateral aid in priority countries and sectors, according to a new OECD Review. 

The first DAC Peer Review of Poland says Poland has been a valued development partner for Eastern European neighbours like Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, sharing knowledge and experience from its own socio-economic transformation, including reforming its public administration and growing its private sector. Elsewhere in the world, Poland could do more to increase the strategic focus and scale of its aid to countries and sectors most in need. 

Read the full press release in English | French | Polish

Poland adds value by sharing lessons from its own reforms

In its Eastern Partnership priority countries (e.g. Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), Poland adds value by sharing its transformation experience with the government and other development co-operation providers. These providers value and benefit from Poland’s deep knowledge of the context and its expert advice on institutional reform, as shown by the close co-operation between Switzerland and Poland in Ukraine on decentralisation.

Read the peer review's chapter on Poland's development co-operation delivery and partnerships

 About this review

Poland's peer review history

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