Communication following the meeting of the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers

Supplying life-saving medicines to the most heavily wounded residents of Eastern Ghouta in Syria, treating Aleppo children, securing shelters for Iraqi refugees, and food aid in South Sudan – these are examples of non-governmental organisations’ actions carried out in cooperation with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. I am grateful to Polish volunteers and workers of the third sector who are actively involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

 


More money for humanitarian aid

Minister Beata Kempa presented the effects of humanitarian and development aid provided in 2015–2018. She stressed that the cooperation between the Polish government and non-governmental organisations deserved special attention. The presence of NGO representatives on site where the aid is provided allows the needs of the local population to be reliably assessed. In addition, it provides an opportunity to develop effective aid programmes that respond to the most urgent needs in the specific region or country. These most often include medical needs, shelter, food security and access to drinking water.

As Minister Kempa pointed out, the government is increasing funding for humanitarian aid in cooperation with non-governmental organisations. In 2015, the aid amounted to approx. PLN 9 million, while in 2018 already to about PLN 58 million, including over PLN 38 million allocated for this purpose by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

Examples of Polish humanitarian aid carried out in cooperation between the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and the Polish Centre for International Aid include, among other things, providing refugees in Arsal, Lebanon, with new tent materials protecting from cold, rain and moisture. Owing to this, the refugees will have proper housing conditions in the existing tents and tent camps during winter of 2018/2019. It is a life-saving aid: if not for the repair or delivery of new tent shelters, the refugees would be at risk of death due to hypothermia caused by low temperatures and heavy snowfalls. The Chancellery of the Prime Minister, providing support mainly in the Middle East and Africa, cooperates also, among others, with UNICEF Polska, Caritas Polska, Polish Humanitarian Action, Polish Medical Mission, Foundation of Humanitarian Aid Redemptoris Missio, Orla Straż Foundation and many others.

Minister Beata Kempa pointed out that aid provided to victims of conflicts on the spot and in neighbouring countries where refugees are staying is justified by the principle of rational spending and the possibility of helping more people in need without making it necessary to move them.

International cooperation

Since 2015, an important element of international cooperation in the field of humanitarian aid has been the declaration of cooperation with Hungary and with the United States, signed at the governmental level. The agreement signed with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is the first document of this type executed by the American administration at the governmental level. It is an expression of appreciation of the Polish government’s activity in the field of humanitarian aid in the Middle East.


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