During its political and economic transformation in the 1990s, Poland benefited from financial support provided by other countries and the international community. Now, Poland itself has become a development cooperation donor, providing support to its partner countries in the region.
In December 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and in Europe and UNDP in Europe and Central Asia launched cooperation under the pilot Polish Challenge Fund (PCF) to engage Polish companies to address complex development challenges in partner countries. In May, 2021 the UNDP and the Republic of Poland entered into the next stage of collaboration – the Polish-UNDP Partnership: Innovative solutions for the SDGs (PUP).
The Polish Aid programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, focuses on good governance, democracy and human rights, entrepreneurship and the private sector, sustainable agriculture and rural development, and environmental protection. In the Europe and Central Asia region, its priority countries are Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The Polish-UNDP Partnership: Innovative Solutions for the SDGs is funded by the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and implemented by the UNDP in Europe and Central Asia.