Regional products in Moldova

Our publication about a successful process of registration of the first geographic indicators (except wine), in line with AA/ DCFTA, in Moldova - a project supported by Polish Aid 2015. Texts by: Wojtek Szpociński, Agata Koziej, Development Policy Foundation and Ilona Linczowska, Marcin Pilarski LAG Vistula Terra...


Regional products: V4 lessons learned for Georgia and Moldova

TheVisegrad Group countries experience in promotion and registration of the regional products you will find in the publication EU Protected Food Schemes. We recommend the texts of our authors: Aleksandra Piasecka, Agata Koziej, Wojtek Szpociński and Sylwia Szparkowska, as well as Jacek Kamiński representing +48 Design Group. The...


Kairouan Community Foundation

Our organizations representatives, as well as our partners NGO Pressclub Foundation, were elected members of the board of Kairouan Community Foundation – the first Tunisian law institution, which brings together representatives of local authorities, local NGO and local entrepreneurships. It was established to emphasize true...

Poland/ Belarus

Young photographers cooperation Hidden City Map

Join artistic project Hidden City Map for young people of the non-metropolitan cities in Poland and Belarus: Zhodino and Minsk Mazowiecki. See the film below and the web of the project: For futher inormation contact:...


Cross-border cooperation for biodiversity and sustainable development of environmentally sensitive & protected areas

The volume investigates agenda setting and evaluates implementation of EU assistance & cooperation tool kits in ENPI EAST/ Eastern Partnership area, focusing on cross-border cooperation (CBC) frameworks. The volume is primarily devoted to the sustainable development & environment oriented activities.


Verketili - Tbilisi

Urban Action Lab

Varketili: Urban Action LAB

A modern architecture wooden playground was chosen as an intervention within the consultation process hold in Varketili, Tbilisi within Development Foundation Project found by Solidarity Found.

Different consultation methods where tested and implemented within the project: an online map&photo based consultancy e-tool was established under the address The online tool is available via mobile phones and connected with Facebook. An on-line voting is an additional option.

Among others the charrette was held in Varketili – for the representatives of local communities to discuss the infrastructural and management problems of the district.

An ecological city game for children and youth, by the method of UFU.DE The ecological city problems: energy efficiency, water management, risk of landslides where investigated and presented by the game participants.

The most spectacular and visible action is a result of an international architectural workshop hold in Khomleli Street, Varketili by Polish architects representing +48 Design Group ( A wooden round platform was built together by the tutors, students and Varketili community. A wooden pyramid / playground were established. Additionally some staff for small children and for elders were provided. The communication barriers were removed and some additional trees / preventing the new playground of the cars were planted.

The whole process has been full-participative, engaging character. The goal of the whole process was to test and implement various consultation methods in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Tbilisi suburb of Varketili. A memorandum of cooperation, including the local authorities of Saburtalo was signed.

The project was financed by Solidarity Fund from Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs resources. The partners: Yezidis of Georgia, Mediatheka Varketili, Europe our House, Young Humanists, Guerilla Gardening, Tbilisi Media Centere,, Development Policy Foundation, +48 Design Group,

FB: soeas+y oraz

 files/MOU ENG GEO (1).pdf


Regional products

Community Kitchen in Palanca – common working space for local producers

Publicly open kitchen, built and equipped with the aim of local producers, was officially opened at the headquarters of the organization Casa Părintească in Palanca (Calaraşi region) during the final event within the project Moldavian Culinary Routes: microinvestments, promotion, registration, implemented under Polish Aid 2016 programme by Development Policy Foundation.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Chișinău, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and tourism industry, journalists, as well as residents of Palanca and the surrounding area.

The invited guests had the opportunity to see the newly finished kitchen, and view presentation on the course and results of the project and the prospects for further cooperation in Palanca next year. The event was accompanied by Christmas Fair, bringing together local producers and manufacturers. One could taste and buy processed fruits and vegetables (e.g. adjika, rose jam), including products under common brand Palanca Delights, made by the producers from Palanca, involved in culinary cycling route.

Community Kitchen is a creative workspace, which was established in favor of local producers who are members of the production network, formed under the project. Their products - processed fruit and vegetables, fruit distillates, made exclusively from locally sourced raw materials - can be purchased at the headquarters of Casa Părintească. Before, however, you can try them, biking on the culinary trail opened in this year"s project. Anyone who borrows a bike in Casa Părintească receives a voucher for tasting of products offered on farms located along the route.

The effect of this year"s activities in Palanca is the result of joint work of the Foundation team  and Moldavian partners: Ecological Movement of Moldova and Casa Părintească, as well as the Local Action Group "Vistula Terra Culmensis - Development of the Tradition" from Stolno (Poland).

We encourage you to read the information about the project, the course of each activities and photo material:


Ukraine Arch&Engineerign LAB

Innovations for the public space

Effective, energy saving and good, modern quality – in 2016 our Foundation searched for Polish creative businesses which can be implemented in public space in Ukraine. The project end with tangible results: an online consultancy tool (and it’s mobile version) was created. The international architectural workshops lead to create an illumination of a public, natural bath place on Dnipro bank. The area was equipped by unusual, modern benches created by the young architects basing on computer algorithms. All the actions followed deep consultation process: using on-line tools and direct consultations (charrette, consultations on the construction site) made by our Foundation and our partner Top-Kaya.

The main purpose of the project is the promotion of the creative business solutions for public space – and the business partners helped us a lot with organizational issues. They provided their stuff free of charge or with significant discounts. We want to thank to leading Polish companies: the producer of small architecture Puczynski, the producer of lightening solutions ES System, architectural&design group +48 and IT solutions provider

Still the main donor remains the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who co-financed the whole initiative called “Arch & Engineering LAB. Implementation and promotion of Polish creative, technological and technical solutions for the public space in Ukraine”.

The project partners where the city of Nova Kakhovka, the Regional Development Agency in NK and Top-Kaya from Kiev.

Please find some project materials and some photos. To get more information go to FB, the architectural workshops FB: So eas+y and our own FB profile Development Policy Foundation.


files/Raport ewaluacyjny projektu UKR 2016.pdf


Regional products

Tastings of local products – attraction of a new culinary cycling route in Palanca

 Inauguration of the expanded network of culinary cycling paths along with adjusting the information infrastructure, an expert panel on Geographic Indicators and local products fair were the main points of the program of the promotional event at the headquarters of the organization Casa Părintească in Palanca, in frames of the next activities under the project Moldavian Culinary Routes: micro-investments, promotion, registration.

The new culinary bike trail is 5 km long and runs around the village of Palanca, which is the seat of the partner organization Casa Părintească and the resulting Community Kitchen - also there was appointed the beginning of the route, where guests can rent bicycles and receive coupons for tasting. Along with the preparation of the new route, mobile application leasing through the routes has been adapted - now enriched with a new trail and information on participating manufacturers and their products. In front of each home of manufacturers on route, information boards with maps were installed. The route is furthermore marked. Renting a bike from Casa Părintească allows to three free tastings as part of the trail, on the basis of a special coupon. This form of verification is also used to assess the popularity of individual producers and their products - after completing the tour, tourists leave coupons with their votes in Casa Părintească. Basing on the number of votes, manufacturers will share the work space of Community Kitchen among themselves.

Furthermore, the main part of the renovation of Community Kitchen was completed. The process of strengthening the structure of the historic building, adjustment and montage of the installation came to an end. The next step will be the equipment of the kitchen according to the needs of local producers.

The kitchen in its present form is already beginning to serve as a space for workshops and conferences. It served as the venue of the event under another project, associated with the Foundation project - Rural development based on local products promotion within the EaP countries. Role of PGIs. Provisions & opportunities provided by the DCFTA, implemented within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. It was a one-day panel in the form of a round table on EU geographical designations of origin for agricultural products (GIs), good practices related to the registration of products, funding opportunities and technical aspects of the registration process. There were also recommendations given for the Moldovan producers interested in the registration of products. Experts from the Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia), as well as Moldovan manufacturers interested in the procedure of registration as a GI, representatives of the AGEPI (Agency of Intellectual Property Moldova), representative of National Food Safety Agency of Moldova, representatives of local authorities Călăraşi and journalists took part in the panel. The meeting was a supplement and technical support for Moldavian manufacturers interested in registration, approximation of procedures and challenges related to obtaining of GIs.

The inauguration of the new route was attended by representatives of partner organizations of the Foundation, journalists, representatives of local authorities and experts participating in the panel discussion Rural development based on local products promotion within the EaP countries. Role of PGIs. Provisions & opportunities provided by the DCFTA, held in parallel with the promotional event. The guests took a ride on the newly opened route, where they had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the culinary traditions of the region.

The event of the inauguration of the trail was accompanied by the sale of products manufactured by the local producers and Casa Părintească. Flagship products of each producer can be tasted during the ride at the bike trail, as well as purchase at Casa Părintească under common brand - Culinary Routes of Călăraşi: Palanca Delights.

We invite you to keep track of events within the project:



Polish architects about good practices in inclusive architecture

 Polish architectural solutions in the context of accessibility for people with fewer opportunities were presented during the conference at Technical University in Tbilisi as examples of good practices in universal design.

The conference at Technical University in Tbilisi with participation of Polish architects was the next phase of our project “Genuine common space: interventions of young Polish architecture studios for inclusive culture”, financed by the grant from Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, awarded under the program "Promotion of Polish culture abroad in 2016 Promesa". Local government officials, NGO representatives, Georgian students and architects were invited for a discussion on the quality of public space, with a particular focus on access for people excluded and marginalized.  

Introduction to the theme of the conference was to present the current legal situation, legal and cultural barriers in shaping public space in Georgia. Mr. Giorgi Kipani, a professor of urban planning faculty, presented the problem of incompatibility of creating a public space with the land use plan and the difficulties in the implementation of the construction law and regulations regarding the adaptation to the needs of people with disabilities. - Public awareness of this law is still low in Georgia. Citizens do not know the rules and do not include them in their actions, although Georgian law is getting better. What’s more, the problem sometimes concerns the officials - said Kipani.

Examples of failed implementation and practical inadequacy of infrastructure in Georgia were presented by professor of architecture and urban planning faculty, Mrs. Nino Imnadze. - Bad practices of adapting public space for people with disabilities visible in Georgia indicate lack of awareness and lack of idea. Poor execution - eg. too steep ramps for people in wheelchairs, show that the implementation of the rules on the availability of space for people with reduced mobility is only a sham action.

The main part of the conference was to promote Polish architectural solutions in terms of accessibility for people with limited access to culture, absent in the public space, presented by the young Polish architects, awarded in Poland and abroad: Maciej Siuda, Mateusz Adamczyk from BudCud studio, Marcin Kwietowicz, as well as Karol Szparkowski and Kamil Miklaszewski from + 48 Architecture studio. The speakers presented their design philosophy and, on the basis of their experience, showed examples of creating a public space accessible to people marginalized and excluded, to be adapted in Georgia.

The realisations of Polish architects, as examples of good practices of inclusive architecture, were published on the project website: and Facebook page:

The summary of the conference was the presentation of the results of the Gremi architectural workshops with the participation of Georgian students. The report from the workshops can be found here:

Regional products

Moldavian Culinary Routes - new edition

 Further organisational and legal support for producers registering regional products as Geographic Indicators and extension of tourism and regional processing capacity in Câlârași region are the main objectives of Development Policy Foundation’s project implemented in Moldova in 2016.

The project “Moldovian Culinary Routs: micro­investments, promotion, registration”, realised by Development Policy Foundation in 2016, is a continuation of last year’s project. Its implementation is possible thanks to the support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Polish Development Aid 2016 program and cooperation with partners: Ecological Movement of Moldovaand LGD „Vistula Terra Culmensis – Development through Tradition” from Stolno, PL, and Moldovian NGOs: .

This year, the project will support GI product registrations - at the EU level. The genuine success of the activities in 2015 was the registration of first Moldovan culinary products other than wine at the national level. Registration of apricot palinka (Rachiu de caise de Nimoreni) and  Calarasi Roses petal jam (Dulceata din petale de trandafir Calarasi) as Regional Products paved the way for the registration of other agricultural manufacturing products in Moldova.

In addition, the offer of bike routes in the region will be expanded. Furthermore, there is planned the establishment of Community Kitchen - creative workspace for local producers from the area of Palanca village. The local community will be included in the co-creation of the tourism product based on cycle routes and tastings of local products. We invite you to download the mobile application with routes of Câlârași region. The application and information about manufacturers will be extended during the project. There will be also a new tasting route created, offering the possibility of tasting and buying local and regional products.

Creation of a brand of regional products will increase the promotional potential of products and will promote the region as a seat of culinary heritage.

Among the activities of the project, we plan promotional events for the regional products - on the occasion of the new bike trail inauguration and Christmas fair. There will be also organised a study visit of Moldovan partners in Poland - they will participate in the festival of regional products in Gruczno (PL), meet with local producers and take part in a series of trainings and meetings with people working in the food sector and regional products marketing.

We invite you to keep track of events within the project:



Recruitment to the Project Incubator in Chin

 On 29-30 April 2016 experts from the Development Policy Foundation, the Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation, representatives of the Agency for Basic Community Development and members of Chin CSOs gathered together at the Recruitment Meeting of the Project Incubator, an initiative set up under the umbrella of the UNDEF.

The agenda of the meeting included a detailed presentation of the future actions and specified objectives, Q&A round, presentation of the invited organizations and Incubator’s candidates. As a result of the kick-off event in Kalay, 25 successful applicants were selected as Incubator trainees, an action plan was drawn up, initial tasks were allocated and, last but not least, participants could break the ice.

Moreover, in the course of individual meetings with the experts, local CSO leaders discussed their project ideas and were guided as to the next stages of work. It is worth mentioning that, once ready, the most promising applications will receive Incubator’s micro-funding. This will enable local CSOs to gain experience in carrying out their own projects and, thanks to adequate PR campaigns, strengthen their position and give them recognition indispensable for seeking and receiving external funds for future activity.

The proposals worked out in the Incubator vary from manufacture and promotion of local products (natural cosmetics, food, handicraft) or an anti-drugs campaign for youth, through installation of dustbins, recycling and reinforcement of eco-friendly attitudes, to fight for human rights of indigenous people and women empowerment (provision of vocational trainings in hairdressing or beauty treatment). Other interesting examples include the design of a school botanical garden to raise awareness of local biodiversity or the establishment of the Chin Eco-Tourism Guide Association to encourage tourism in the region and create workplaces for Chin inhabitants.

Importantly, the first proposal has already been finished and actually submitted for the consideration of a potential donor (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland). It addresses the needs of people with disabilities, generally marginalized in Myanmar. As a result of the planned actions, the accessibility of the Kalay center for the handicapped will be improved by eliminating the existing communications barriers, in line with the suggestions put forward by town’s residents during public consultations (charrette).

More information about the Project Incubator is available on the website and FB:


Project Incubator in Myanmar

The UNDEF-supported project “Civil Society Organizations Incubation Centre in Chin State, Myanmar” has just been launched by an international team comprising the representatives of the Development Policy Foundation (Poland), the Agency for Basic Community Development (Myanmar) and the Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (Estonia). FPR has built the consortium, come up with the idea of the Centre and elaborated it into a complete project proposal. Now the Foundation exercises author’s supervision over the project implementation, provides expert support for its activities and co-organizes a study tour to the EU.

The project attempts to address the problems of insufficient competence and fundraising skills among Chin State’s CSOs, lack of their institutional capacity and network as well as lack of experiences and opportunities for project management and implementation. In order to achieve these goals, the Chin CSO Centre, fitted out with computers and internet access, is being currently established in Falam. The Centre will make project-related information available to general public, including handbooks and glossaries developed specially for the sake of the project, both in English and Pawi/Lai (local Chin languages), in hard copies and on a dedicated e-learning platform. The Centre will provide support and space for CSO gatherings and collaboration (running an open door program to foster partnerships and facilitate networking) as well as fundraising backing and on-demand assistance.

Moreover, the Centre will host the Project Incubator for 24 young leaders from Chin CSOs who will be trained and assisted by tutors in writing their own project proposals addressing real local problems (thus learning by doing). During the training, they will be taught how to identify the needs of their communities, look for funding opportunities, write successful and tangible, results-oriented project proposals and launch important initiatives. The authors of the best 12 proposals will be awarded micro-grants for putting their ideas into practice under expert supervision, while 5 most outstanding participants will go on a study tour of Poland and Estonia to benefit from the experiences on democratization and economic transition of the EU project partners. Furthermore, the Incubator’s graduates will cascade the training course to other local Chin CSOs and Chin community leaders, in this way assuring the sustainability of the project. The whole programme is maximally practical, so that its participants get a genuine insight into project development and management and gain relevant hands-on experience.

The project lasts 2 years. The grant amounts to $176k. More information and latest news available on the website and FB:


Ferry stop: implementing consultation results

We are pleased to present some photos and the evaluation report of the intervention into the public space in Hola Prystan in 2015.

After a wide consultation process including consultation e-tools ( , on-line voting, charrette and professional architectural workshops (+48 Architecture, and Czech architects Vladimir Balda ana Jiri Zid).

The construction is fully accessible for people with disabilities, mothers, elders. Provides free of charge internet (thanks to cooperation with the city hall of Hola Prystan), the eco-friendly innovative technologies has been implemented (LED, solar panels, wood).

The ferry stop has the function of a meeting place, used by different groups (youngsters, elders). The architectural challenge was to add a construction with public function to the Dniepro River Bank, the Nabierezhna in HP, with its plural recreation and representative existing constructions: different monuments, installations, public places created in different historical times with different purposes.

The most important conclusions after the project implementation: the Ukrainian society, even in small towns, have a very positive attitude and easily accepts modern architecture in the public space – which was a kind surprising for all the people engaged in the architectural process. Second: the small societies are very open to any consultation process, especially when there is a chance to convert it into a tangible intervention / solving the bothering problems. Please find attached the report evaluating the implemented methods of consultations (EN and PL versions).

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (within the Polish Aid Program 2015) and the Visegrad Fund.

We worked in a wide partnership: Europeum Institute from Czech Republic, Pedal Consulting  (Slovakia), ICDT (Hungary), the architects: +48 Design Group (PL), Jiri Zid and Vladimir Balda (CZ), and Ukrainian partners Regional Development Center Top-Kaya and Hola Prystan city hall.




















South Ukraine

Innovations in the public space

 The garnaNK – beautiful Nova Kakhovka – is a project promoting good practices addressing the public space and implementing public consultancy tools and methods in South Ukraine, particularly in Nova Kakhovka

At is available a free of charge consultancy tool, both on-line and mobile version, that allows the citizens to “alert” the local authorities and NGO’s about the damage of the public infrastructure, lack of facilities or other dysfunctions of the public space.

Within the project we will organize in August 2016 a family architectural festival, charrette to consult the quality and planned changes of the public space and international architectural workshops SoEas+y Nova Kakhovka 2016 leaded by the 

The project goal is the promotion of the best practice s and technologies implemented in the public space in Poland and Europe. The technologies applied – both IT and construction – will be promoted by social and traditional media, as well as during a conference addressed to the business and local authorities representatives of the Kherson region.

The project “Arch & Engineering LAB: Introduction of Polish creative solutions, technology and engineering to public space in Ukraine” is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The implementing institution is Development Policy Foundation with the partners: Nova Kakhovka city hall, TopKaya form Kiev and the buissness partners: +48 design group and IT company VENU

More project description you will find on our partners website here

and on the project Facebook GarnaNK and web










Inclusive architecture workshops in Gremi

 Young Polish architects and Georgian architecture students designed and built a pyramid – an object serving as an example of inclusive architecture, within the framework of the workshops. Residents of TEMI Community centre actively participated in the building process.

The center for excluded people in Gremi, Kakheti, Georgia – TEMI Community hosted architecture workshops “SO EAS+Y”, as a part of the project realized by Development Policy Foundation entitled: “Genuine common space: interventions of young Polish architecture studios for inclusive culture”, financed within the programme “Promoting Polish Culture Abroad 2016 Promesa” of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. The workshops were conducted by the architects of + 48 Architecture Group.

Architects Karol Szparkowski and Kamil Miklaszewski, along with the architecture students from Tbilisi, designed an installation set in the local context. Its main objective was to engage local community in creation and use of common space.

This concept of work turned out as a success: TEMI inhabitants – people with fewer opportunities, socially excluded and mentally challenged – participated actively in the building process. The collaboration with workshops participants gave TEMI inhabitants a sense of being helpful – which enables overcoming barriers and acceleration of social inclusion process. On the other hand, their interest and engagement show the need of realization of such initiatives and their pertinence.

Everybody took a task which (s)he was able to do – younger and older inhabitants of TEMI centre  sawed boards, hammered nails, wore stones. Even smallest tasks were of huge importance for them – that gave the sense of belonging to the team and co-responsibility for the work result. In that way, they perceive the object as designed and created for them – which they want to use and care for.

The building process began with the choice of exact location of the object and setting of the triangular base, supported by the stones. Subsequently, the frame and walls were set, with use of wood only, which was then burnt for conservation. The object was equipped with Sun clock and sky map, for education purposes.

The workshops’ formula, leading to realization of the designed project, was a valuable experience for Georgian students. Those architects in spe had a rare opportunity to verify in the designed conception in practice and to participate directly in its realization.

Additionally, the collaboration with TEMI inhabitants was another value for the students. Youth from Tbilisi rarely has the chance to meet people of excluded groups, which is related with certain social taboo. The awareness of functionning of the institutions for these groups is also poor. Overcoming the awareness barriers, perception of excluded people without prejudices, cooperation based on partnership was valuable for both sides and helped to improve the social acceptance.

The effect of intensive 4-day work was creation of a pyramid of open shape, light, not bound permanently with the ground.Its location on the hill allows to see the building from the opposite hill with the historic church of Gremi. Respectively, from the building site the whole neighborhood is clearly visible.

The object is multifunctional – its use depends on community needs: can be a solitude, resting or meeting place open anytime. This realization is an example of inclusive architecture possible to adapt on rural areas of Georgia.

The workshops’ results were presented on the conference which took place on Technical University of Tbilisi, as a starting point to the discussion on quality and accessibility of public space in Georgia.





Polish architects about the inclusive common space

In 2015 and 2016 Development Policy Foundation implements a 2-year project “Genuine common space: interventions of young Polish architects for inclusive culture” in Georgia, with financial support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The project is implemented under the the programme "Promotion of Polish culture abroad 2016" together with Georgian partners: Temi Community and Departament of Architecture in Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi.

Amongs our partners we also have the best young architectural studios: +48, Maciej Siuda, Budcud, Kamil Kwietowicz, Karol Żurawski, awarded with several Polish and international prizes. They will share their experience and philosophy of design.

The project promotes Polish architectural concepts and formula engaging citizens in discussions on the availability and quality of the space, but it’s a pretext to discuss the quality of public space, and the accessibility and adaptation to the needs of children, elders and people with desabilities in Georgia.

We will organize architectural workshops for Georgian students "Soeas+y / Young European design" tackling the issue of social inclusion and the promotion of cultural participation of people with desabilities. Lecturers together with the participants will propose and implement intervention in the public space of Gremi. Its beneficiaries will be those excluded from participation in culture: the elderly, children, people with disabilities.

For summarising the workshops and realised intervention, an open debate will be organized at the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi. During the conference, young Polish architects will present their “philosophy of work”  within the context of creation of inclusive space and the best projects fitting to this model.

You will find more information about the project implementation here: About the project:

More about our parnters:

+48 Grupa Projektowa/ +48 Design Group

Young design team formed by three architects:

Karol Szparkowski, Agata Filipek and Kamil Miklaszewski graduates of the Faculty of Architecture PW. The team has been operating since 2008. The group is winner of the numerous architectural competitions and individual exhibitions in the Museum of Architecture of Wroclaw; is qualified as one of 16 most interesting Polish design studios within the project „Awangarda Jutra” implemented by the Lodz Center for Architecture and Design. They pay particular attention in their works to the individual aspects of public space, the individual needs of the consumers forming the general character of the towns and villages. They believe that public space is a particular expression of the needs and aspirations of the local community.

The authors of the following projects.: Design of the Wooden Chunk House awarded in  20 + 10 + X Architecture Awards 6th Cycle Award; renewal project pl of Three Crosses in Warsaw, honorable mention in the competition; Pope John Paul II School project  in Jacmel, Haiti (2nd prize in the competition organized by the Chamber of Architects. 2012); project of Szczytno-Szymany Airport Terminal (III prize. 2013); the reconstruction project of Świdnicka and Kazimierz Wlk streets’ crossroad in Wroclaw (honorable mention. 2011); the reconstruction project of the synagogue in Bialystok on the request of the City Hall (honorable mention. 2014). The architects participated in the projects realized in Eastern Partnership countries and the countries receiving development aid (UKR, GEO, BY, Tajikistan). +48 is permanently cooperationg with Development Policy Foundation.

Maciej Siuda

Maciej Siuda, an architect, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology. His diploma, XYZ STRUCTURE, was presented, among the other places, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He is a finalist of the international competition Archiprix; was awarded with the honorable mention in the competition EEAA: Present in Romania, nomination for the best Diploma of the year for the Zbyszek Zawistowski national award presented by SARP and the honorary mention in a national competition BETON. In 2005-2007 he was a scholarship holder of Facultad de Arquitectura Politécnica de Valencia and the SQ Arquitectos studio (Valencia). In 2008-2011, he was an architect for the design studios such as PO2 Arquitectos (Madrid), Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo) and Grupo Aranea (Alicante).

He is a co-founder of the international architectural workshops IWAU and the concept author of the experimental laboratory workshop Balon. He teaches at the School of Form and Kielce University of Technology and permanently cooperates and does experiments jointly with Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez. Since 2012, Siuda has been developing own project activities. His studio was selected among the 16 most interesting young architectural studios in Poland as part of the exhibition „Awangarda Jutra” realized by the Center for Architecture and Design in Lodz. Together with Rodrigo García was selected as one of the 12 best young Spanish-speaking studios in the Freshlatino2 exhibition.

The architect and designer with rich didactical experience, also conducts university and public consultations. He is awarded in the international competitions including: Holcim Awards Acknowledgement for the environmentally friendly architecture (school for Haiti). He created Devebere - design a temporary pavilion for the French Institute of Architecture, which was presented at the start of Venice Architecture Biennale. At the same time he carries out projects in Poland, Spain, Italy and the United States.

Studio Bud Cud

BudCud is a practice of creating projects in the fields of architecture and urban planning. The studio operates since 2010, led by Matthew Adamczyk (1981) and Agata Woźniczka (1986).

BudCud has won many competitions in the fields of architecture and urbanism incl: prestigious international competition Europan (E9 Warsaw, 1st place and E11 Leeuwarden, honorary mention) and the Schindler Award for Architecture, Access for All. The studio has won first place in an international competition for the Urban Renewal Strategy of Voronezh reservoir in Russia and the design of “European Garden” for the China (Wuhan) received the award at the International Garden Expo (Garden EXPO).

Among other awards are: MBA International Biennale of Architecture Cracow 2015, competitions for projects realized "Human Dimension to Urban Space", Krakow, PL honorary award, 2015 COMPETITION FOR THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY  of  post exPO areas – SHANGHAI EXPO AREA MASTER PLAN 2010, "Shanghai: Making urbanity through passages in the reappropriated expo site ", SHANGHAI, CN finalist, 2014 COMPETITION FOR THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT – MASTER PLAN FOR RECREATIONAL AREA OF BILCZA, BILCZA, PL award

BudCud has participated in the workshops as tutors (OSSA, Mood for Wood) and consultants of international projects (Wine Park in Telavi, Georgia). They belong to the platform of New Generations, gathering together the most progressive young architectural studios.

Their project to transform the former industrial areas of Warsaw - Wola – is winner of the 9th edition of the Europan competition (2008). Together with the offices of WWAA, MOKO, KAPS and the Headquarters, are united in the fight for the Metropolitan public space, designed the Centre for the City Sports and the sports square in Bemowo (in progress). BudCud currently is working on the concept of renovation of Millennium Park in Zielona Gora and the strategy of recreational use of one of the reservoirs of drinking water near Cracow.  

In ms2 in Lodz BudCud created an interactive environment of the exhibition "Come, we will show you what we do," which experienced the relationship between visitor and the exhibition space.

Marcin Kwietowicz

Marcin Kwietowicz, a designer, besides the main, commercial trend works in the various art fields. In addition to the interior of Galilu Olfactory Perfumery in Warsaw and Poznan he is a co-author of the lobby of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (together with W. Kotecki and A. Salamon) and the Institute of Vanguard –Edward Krasinski studio on the roof of a block at the avenue Solidarity in Warsaw (with BAR Architects, Rotterdam) and the Art House/Studio in Warsaw (P. Brzoza), which was awarded in the 8th edition of the competition 20 + 10 + X WA Awards. He is an author of exhibitions, (i.a., of the Polish pavilion in the Art Biennale in Venice. 2005) and film (Artur Żmijewski"s „Repetition”), and theatre (Ivan Vyrypaev"s July) scenography.  His projects were published in the Wallpaper Magazine, Architecture - Murator, Architecture & Business, as well as at the web portals (,


The venue of the workshops will be the area of Temi Community for disabled and socially excluded in the village of Gremi, municipality of Kvareli (Kakheti). Temi is a community of excluded people - serves as an orphanage, care center for the mentally disabled, single mothers, the elderly and the homeless, conducted since 1990. The community is expanding its activities in the social enterprise model - producing and selling natural products from the region and organic wine kvevri, working in support of integration, social inclusion and improving the living conditions of community members. Since 2015 Temi also runs a seasonal restaurant and bike trails.

Department of Architecture, Georgian Technical University

The recruitment of participants for the workshops is carried on the Georgian Technical University website -



International Forum of Rural Municipalities in Suwalki, Poland

3-5 September 2015 in Suwalki (Poland) the International Forum of Rural Municipalities was held as joint effort of the Development Policy Foundation ( and the Association of Rural Municipalities of Podlaskie Province. The event, financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gathered representatives of Turkey, Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Belarus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. The conference programme included the presentation of the IT tool which supports international cooperation between self-governments by collecting information about potential grant opportunities (available at: While the EaP participants talked about their expectations and needs as regards international cooperation with EU countries, the EU representatives shared their relevant best practices. Thanks to an active involvement of those who attended the conference, it was a unique, informative and productive event. The organizers wish to thank the guests for contributing to the success of the conference and are looking forward to future cooperation!

























Interventions in public space

Design of civic monitoring tool, and then revitalization of a city area, chosen by the citizens of Gola Prystan, are the main activities of the project “Design the Change: Revitalisation of the Neighbourhood Coommon Space in Gola Prystan, Kherson oblast, Ukraine” implemented by our Foundation, and co-financed by the Polish Development Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

As a result, an Internet system of civil alerts was created (, thanks to which inhabitants of Gola Prystan can inform their local authorities about infrastructural problems which need to be dealt with (such as a damaged fence or lightening) by taking photos with their mobile phones and marking a place on the virtual city map. The systems tracks also interventions made by local authorities and places a tick next to solved problems. In two months of project implementation as many as 177 alerts have been put out, which proves that such a form of communication was not only needed but also very well-received.

On the basis of the submitted alerts 4 zones for a possible revitalization were singled out (a green embankment area, a main bus stop, the Alley of Fame and a ferry stop at the bank of the Konka River). During one month, 21 April -21 May 2015, citizens could cast their votes (in the online, SMS or paper-based ballot) for the zone they wanted to have revitalized. We are pleased to announce that the project enjoyed great popularity and no fewer than 430 of votes were recorded. The ferry stop was an indisputable winner.

The residents of Hola Prystan once again will be invited for public consultations and these suggestions will be subsequently taken into consideration during  architectural workshops run by professional in the following days, leading to a final plan of the area’s revitalization. Next, the concept thus worked out will be put into practice with the help of local volunteers and with support of the project financing. More info about the upcoming events available at our Facebook.

The project main partner is TOP Kaya and the city hall of Gola Prystan, and on the Polish side the city hall of Podkowa Leśna.




Public consultations tools

The Development Policy Foundation is implementing the project “Construct the change. Citizen-monitoring in Hola Prystan, boost for social engagement. V4 for UKR”, co-financed by the Visegrad Fund.

The V4 partners share their experience of developing innovative public consultation tools with Ukrainian NGOs and local government. The methods introduced in Hola Prystan include the citizen monitoring system (to alert town authorities about spotted infrastructural problems) and the system of online/SMS voting (to choose the area of Hola Prystan most in need of revitalization).

The upcoming July event will provide a chance of implementing yet another option of social consultations, the charrette and architectural workshops. During one day family picnic the local community of Hola Prystan together with architects will generate ideas and design the desired improvements to the chosen part of the town. Their concept will be subsequently put into practice in further activities. This project segment goal is to test different public consultation methods in Ukraine.

Furthermore, apart from the joint work on enhancing public space of the town, the project encompasses fundraising workshops. As part of the envisaged training, V4 will disclose, to Ukrainian NGOs and local authorities, the ins and outs of writing successful proposals under various granting schemes and obtain funds for dealing with their local socio-economic and environmental problems. The project is a continuation of the activities hold by the BRD NET network (V4 NGO for UKR partners), created in frames of Visegrad Fund project in 2014.

The implementing consortia is formed by Regional Development Centre "Top-Kaya" and Hola Prystan City Hall from Ukraine, International Centre for Democratic Transition (HU), PEDAL Consulting Ltd (SK), EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy (CZ), and the architects / design partnerships +48 Design Group  from Poland and Ing.arch. Vladimír Balda  from Czech Republic.

More informations about the project development and the consultations results you can find in the web (in Ukrainian) and on ours and ours partners Facebook.

The ilustration for this text is a photo uploaded by the citizens as an alert to this tool.

Regional products

Moldavian Culinary Routes

Project entitled “Moldavian Culinary Routes – Registration and Promotion of Local and Regional Products from Câlârași District” is implemented by Development Policy Foundation in 2015 with financial support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland, within the framework of the Polish Aid programme.

Project’s aim is to encourage local producers to register local and regional products, and by these means to preserve cultural heritage of Moldova, promote region and attract tourism. Transfer of Polish and European know-how on Geographical Indicators – GIs will have a positive influence on the attitude toward EU integration in Moldova – there are solutions promoted with direct benefits on local communities lives.

Within the project we will foster the registration process of two products from Câlârași District: rose petal jam and apricot palinka. Moreover, we will promote tourism development in the region by creating touristic culinary bike trails and by adapting the premises for the bike rental center. The important element of the project is touristic equipment delivery and designation of touristic trails, which will include local producers in the neighborhood, with an aim to enhance the potential of local organisations in promoting the heritage of the region.

The important aspect of the project is creation of multi-sectoral partnerships between local NGOs from Câlârași District, local authorities, farmers and touristic services providers. Their aim is a joint action to promote local and regional products.

Project’s activities include the cycle of workshops with focus on transferring Polish and European practices of regional products’ registration, study tour to Poland with participation in regional food fair in Gruczno, visit at local producers and fundraising workshops, and finally creation of a guide on registration process.

Project’s partners are LAG Vistula Terra Culmensis from Stolno, Poland and two Moldavian NGOs: Ecological Movement of Moldova and Casa Părintească

Project is a continuation of activities co-financed by Visegrad Fund, implemented by LAG “Vistula Terra Culmensis” in 2014-2015.


Project development

Useful hints while searching for grant opportunities

Under our running Tajikistan rural CSOs capacity building facility (thank"s to Polish-American Freedom Foundation grant and Solidarity Found grant) we’ve developed a brief guide on how to fish and chase for NGO grants in Tajikistan - please find it attached to this post.

Representatives of NGOs, CSOs and LAs can be additionally interested in a cycle of tutorials on the general project design. The open source lectures are available at (“materials”).

Meanwhile, the Georgian stakeholders can find useful information on up-coming grant opportunities  at  -  see more under the section “grants competitions”. Our foundation was involved in the content/merit development of this simple tool, under the project implemented by the E-misja Association

Still, it’s just the very early stage of our work in the field. In 2014 we’ll aim to expand the grants" calls aggregator, turning it into fully-fledged grants" and fundraising opportunities search engine. Thanks to the grant of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the end of August 2014 we’ll put into operation an interactive, e-tool, initially focused on rural local authorities international cooperation opportunities.

Follow us on Facebook: a good deal of the calls & opportunities are open for NGOs/CSOs too, while some literally require or entail a cooperation between NGOs and local authorities, in implementation of the project.

In beginning of September 2014, along with our Polish partner - the Association of Rural Municipalities from Podlasie, we will make an international promotion for the e-tool.

Grant opportunities for Tajikistan (2).pdf


Development cooperation

The main aims of the project implemented by Top-Kaja, a Ukrainian organisation, embrace development cooperation, support for NGOs and acquisitions of skills by NGO leaders which will allow them to effectively apply for financial means. The Development Policy Foundation is a partner in this project, financed by the Visegrad Fund. 

Among trainees and people using the project materials, apart from Ukrainian leaders of organisations and local authorities, there are also representatives of NGOs from Moldova and Georgia. What seems to be of considerable significance is the creation of a network of mutually supporting organisations which can use their shared experiences (and transfer experiences of their partners) in the event of emergency situations which require immediate reaction. It is crucial in the face of the current situation in the region.

The leader of the project, Top-Kaja, experienced such crisis situation. From the start it functioned in the Crimea, in Ukraine. Yet, it had to move to Kiev at the beginning of 2014 due to political turbulences which prevented it from conducting its statutory activity.

Training sessions together with on-line sessions with project experts are an essential, yet not the only part of the project. Namely, practical handbooks of good practices, commentaries on fragments of already complete applications, dictionaries of basic concepts used while drawing up an application and an interactive generator of projects are intended to be created.

Training materials – for free use – can be found on the website of the project, i.e. Besides, there is a Facebook group gathering those interested in preparing applications for organisations and local authorities from the region of the Black Sea. 

Furthermore, a website and a Facebook group can be of help when working on an application. The FB group was formed in order to satisfy the needs of rural organisations in Georgia but it can also prove useful for leaders of organisations in other states of the region. A bookmark with automatically updated announcements about receipts of application is especially worth attention.

The project was implemented in 2013 by E-Misja from the funds of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the frames of the International Solidarity Fund. The Development Policy Foundation participated both in drafting the application and its subject-matter realisation. At present, the sustainability of the project is ensured by the Georgian partner, Media Centre.



Architecture encourages discussion about public space

Over a dozen people, architectural students and graduates from Poland and Belarus, will take part in architectural workshops in Komarovo. They will develop an artistic installation which will reflect the cultural heritage of both nations and will become part of the historic space formed by the Chominski Palace in Komarovo. This gives us a chance of showing that architecture can provide a pretext for a debate about the quality and transformation of public space


The Project is realized by the Development Policy Foundation from the funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the frames of the programme Joint Polish and Belarusian Actions. Apart from the international workshops, an exhibition will be held in Minsk.

Furthermore, a website of the European Young Design project,, and a Facebook group of the same name were set up. You are warmly invited to use both this sources of information.

+48 Design Group is a Polish partner in the project. The Group gathers young architects whose works were presented on international and domestic exhibitions, including an individual exhibition in the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław.

On the other hand, "Komarovo" Rural Entrepreneurship Development Centre is a Belarusian partner. The Centre is currently establishing the Rural Business Incubator, the first such initiative in Belarus. It requires a thorough renovation of the historic building and its adjustment to the needs of local community. Architectural workshops will correspond with the new role.

Moreover, the project partners include the Belarussian Association of Architectural Students, in particular Dmitri Bibikow and Michail Stiepura, co-creators of the website and





Our project in Central Asia

School of Volunteering in the Pamir Mountains

The legends, customs, traditional agriculture, herbalism and medicine of the Pamir Mountains are endangered just the same as the dying languages of the region are. Their preservation depends upon the effectiveness of non-governmental organisations which must convince the local community that the economic success of the whole region may depend on keeping their tradition alive.

The first meetings of the School of Volunteering are currently being held. Their aim is to make the local "youth" familiar with their culture and traditional medicine.

The Development Policy Foundation - together with a Tadzhik NGO - carries out its projects in the Pamir Mountains for the second year in a row thanks to the grants received from the Solidarity Fund PL and the Education for Democracy Foundation.

The activities undertaken within the frames of the project not only support the local non-governmental organisation but also include the Pamir tradition in modern narration by using photos, films and internet maps to document it. In 2013 the project focused on the language and medical traditions survival. This year, on the other hand, knowledge and skills retained by the elderly, such as how to make leather shoes or colourful felt carpet bases, were key issues.

The project is intended to involve the non-governmental organisation in developing the tourist potential of the region. It would allow income of Pamir villages to be diversified. Agriculture in this area is highly unprofitable due to a short vegetation period and lack of basic agricultural machines. The partners will learn from the experiences of both Polish rural entrepreneurs and the Pluznica Community Development Association.

Another objective of the project is to strengthen the personnel of the Tadzhik NGO. The Development Policy Foundation wants to share its experience in fundraising and organising voluntary services. The last year's workshops on this topic brought about the desired effect - the Tadzhik organisation came into contact with the Christensen Fund (cooperation to prevent the dying Ishkoshim language from extinction) and Peipsi, an Estonian non-governmental organization (building rural cooperatives together).

More information available at



FixKairouan: the first civil e-monitoring project in the Arab World

"Civil e-monitoring: a way to community empowerment using modern Internet tools" is a project know also by the shorter name of "Fix Kairouan".

It is now being realized in the city Kairouan in Tunisia by Press Club Foundation and financed by polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of "Support for Democracy 2013" programme.

Central Asia

DPF new programme: Culture & Market

The Development Policy Foundation is carrying out a new programme in 2013 in Central Asia, the objective of which is launching handmade and natural products in the market, thus combating poverty and extreme exclusion. We are currently creating the basis for narration, which hopefully will contribute to more involvement of young people in the activities aiming at safeguarding traditions, a language and a local identity. 




The necessary cooperation of social institutions and NGOs

A Belarusian NGO active in the countryside: the Centre of Development of Rural Entrepreneurship ‘Komarovo’ has signed an agreement with the Psycho-Neurological Centre called the Boarding House Dom-Internat at Svir.

This model solution allows to take effective actions for disabled people and the mentally ill. The Development Policy Foundation endeavours to disseminate this model among the managers of other social care centres, institutions responsible for control and – last not least – the NGOs.

Social policy

Innovative program Working Mama

District Labour Office in Siemianowice Śląskie has just finished the implementation of the Special Project, Working Mama. Innovation of the program was based on an unusual approach to single mothers in need. 30 women, who have been chosen to participate in the seven-month long project, were given a chance to take advantage of the counseling and training programs consistent with labor market needs, as well as gain experience within traineeship.

Ladies could also count on reimbursement of childcare during the training. The most controversial fact was that the participants received vouchers worth 2.3 thousand PLN each, which could have been used to improve their image. The money could have been spent on dentist, hairdresser or beautician services, as well as on clothes and shoes.


Saving the old flavours

"For Old Types and Races" is an association located in Pokrzydowo village. As one can deduce from its name, this organization considers its duty to be promoting the agricultural  biodiversity among local community. In common language this means taking efforts to save or recreate disappearing or already forgotten types of plants and animals for the sake of future generations. Local Gene bank Pokrzydowo is one the projects realized by this association. Its task is to store the seeds of old types of plants and transfer them to farmers and gardeners. As for today, the Gene Bank stores 77 types of flowers, vegetables and crops. Among them are such rarities as amaranthus, scorzonera and many other plants with difficult names. The procedure of obtaining the seeds is worth mentioning. You only need to contact with the association to receive them at no charge.  In return, you are however asked to multiply the seeds and send some part of them to the Bank, so that it can deliver them to other people. 

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Project Belarus

Innovatory Approaches to Mentally Disabled Rehabilitation; Inter-ship Programme for Trainers and Instructors

Project focuses on improving /introduction of fully-fledged mentally disabled adults oriented occupational therapy workshops via provision of necessary equipment and know-how.

Best up-to-date Polish and international practices are being shared and duly adopted: emphasis on curricula differentiation/individual tailoring, openness and integration with outsideenvironment.

Innovatory photo and ICT based occupational workshops are

See links belowed here and here

Fund-raising strategy developed focusing on attracting privatedonors.
Therapy practice (and its material outputs) integrated and
employed into overall communication and fund-raising strategy.

For more up-dates please visit Dom-Internat"s web-site: HERE!

Project Belarus, Mentally Disabled Care

Foundation Project Approved

Equipment and fundraising model for Belarusian care facilities for mentally disabled - the project to be implemented jointly by Wąbrzeskie Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Dzieciom Specjalnej Troski and FPR was recently approved by Polish Aid, financed by Polish MFA. The project proposal was devised and developed by Developement Policy Foundation/FPR. Pilot activities will benefit care facility based in Svir, NW Belarus.


Up-dates coming soon. 

Local government / media / Poland / Czech 2011

PL-CZ Local Press Awards

We are pleased to present you a publication, which is a collection of texts from the local Polish and Czech press, honoured within the "PL-CZ Local Press Awards" competition.
The competition was organised by the Press Club Fundation in partnership with Sindicat Novinarou (Czech) and cooperation of Development Policy Fundation  and supported by a grant from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We would like it to contribute to the appreciation of the role of the local press in redefining and creating regional identities and to the promotion of its role in social life.
Furthermore, we simply honoured interesting texts. Those which are the best at presenting the functioning of local institutions, local economy, social problems as well as history, culture and national heritage. We wish you pleasant reading.The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the cyclic program "Polish-Czech Forum - supporting the development of Polish-Czech relations".

Reed the best articles in English

See the polish version of the publication

All the texts you can find on the project web-site

EU Founds/ Local government/ Poland, Warmia-Mazury

Stork's Nest with EU Ads

The local government in Warmia, north-east Polish region will mark stork"s nests with the advertisments "Financed with the EU funds" - it"s a part of ecological project realised in this region, that consist of protecting the population of white stork, tipical in this region. The local eco-groups indicate, that the nests are natural element, and not a place to put more then 80 message boards. Read more in the polish version of our website.

Belarus, Rural Development

Part in Rural Entrepreneurship Development Project in Belarus

Development Policy Foundation is taking part in proposal development and implemenation of the project "Best Polish practicies in rural development support", leaded by Towarzystwo Rozwoju Gminy Płużnica (Pluznica Community Development Association).The project is supported by MFA of the Republic of Poland under "Supporting Belarusian Society 2011" facility.

Polska, Promocja Regionów, ITC

Aplikacja na komórkę: najciekawsze informacje z Dolnego Śląska

Darmowa aplikacja na telefony komórkowe z bieżącymi informacjami i najciekawszymi wydarzeniami na Dolnym Śląsku została uruchomiona w niedzielę z inicjatywy Dolnośląskiego Urzędu Marszałkowskiego. Jak poinformował PAP Jakub Świebodzki z biura prasowego Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Województwa Dolnośląskiego, aby być na bieżąco z najciekawszymi wydarzeniami na Dolnym Śląsku, wystarczy "ściągnąć" darmową aplikacji Dolny Śląsk News na telefon komórkowy z systemem android. Aplikacja jest bezpłatna. "Aplikacja błyskawicznie dostarczy na telefon komórkowy wszelkie niezbędne informacje o wydarzeniach organizowanych, współorganizowanych lub objętych patronatem Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Województwa Dolnośląskiego" - mówił Świebodzki. Dodał, że program można pobrać bezpłatnie dzięki usłudze Android Market (dostępnej w każdym telefonie z systemem Android). Od tego momenty użytkownik dostaje na swój telefon informacje o ciekawym wydarzeniu na Dolnym Śląsku.Więcej PAP 12 Jan 2012 & UM WD

Poland, Local Authorities/LAs, Emergency Management, ITC

More Polish LAs joint SMS - Based Emergency Information Systems

More and more Polish LAs/Gminas & Counties/ Powiats subscribe to SMS-based emergency information schemes.SMS-supported emergency warning systems: being cheap in operating and effective in message delivery are widely used all around developing and developed world. Good new is that dozen of such LAs needs tailored implementations have been supported by EU funded POIG/ Innovatory Economy Programme. Recently landslides & floods prone Wieliczka community (one famous from salt- mine) jointed the scheme.

Biodiversity, Russian Far East, Labour Migration

Chinese Lumberjacks Poaching in Russian Far East: Migration Perceived as a Treat

Residents of Lazo District, Russian Far East, complain that Chinese lumberjacks/woodcutters have been killing extinct animal - musk deer in the area, GTRK Dalnevostochnaya TV, based in Khabarovsk, reported. A check found remnants of a musk deer in the woodcutters" houses, the Chinese, however, denied the allegations. Locals talk about large-scale poaching by the Chinese in the district, the authorities, however, are not taking any measures. The Anti-Chinese campaign could be regarded as a reaction to growing pressure form the cheap Chinese labour in the Russian Far East.

Populism, Hungary

Controversial Ferenc Gyurcsany wants to taste the real life of ordinary Hungarian

Infamous former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and two more Democratic Coalition politicians move into average Hungarian families for few days to experience real life in Miskolc, Eastern Hungary. Read more in Nepszava, 30 Jan 2012

Poland, Local Authorities/LAs, Utilities

Polish LAs Joint Ranks to Purchase Electricity

Gazeta Codzienna, Cieszyn, Southern Poland, convoys a positive brief on Joint Electricity Purchase Association formed by 15 LAs/ Gminas from around Poland. Joint purchase is expected to bring about 20-30 % discount from the regular market price.The associates are of various potential and demand structure, along two small to mid-size communities from Cieszyn county: Skoczów i Goleszów, bring together: Ciechanow (former regional town), Bochnia, Podegrodzie, Mragowo, Wołomin, Sanok, Poreba, Kozienice, Gizycko, Lukowice, Otwock, Karczew, Jozefow (the last three are Warsaw agglomeration sub-urban satellites). More:

Water Management, Public Goods, Sustainable Development

CNBC: Intriguing Overview of Water Management Schemes: Privatizing Water

What Central Asia can learn from Chile. CNBC in new emissions cycle: Liquid Assess explores challenges of global water management. Most recent part brings an interesting story on Chilean precedent of fully privatized water rights market. In Chile, the rights to nearly every drop of water is for sale. Chile has some of the most advanced water markets in the world. It leads to serious reconfiguration in agriculture & overall economy: resources are allocated in more effective ways - that certain, though some villages become deserted. More on CNBC:

Slovakia, EU Structural Funds, EU 12

Slovakia: Mismanagement in European Social Fund

Slovak SME daily brings interesting piece on Labor Ministry finding numerous irregularities, making cuts in projects co-financed from European Social Fund/ESF, which were approved by former Labour Minister Viera Tomanova. The text may open a debate on priorities & allocation of sources within the next MFF- EU budget for 2014-20. Social impact of various ESF founded projects may be dubious, in Slovakia and beyond in EU 12. The next budget shall remain minimum at the current level, while the objectives require adaptation & management shall be simplified to incite more needs based projects. Read more in SME online, 21 Jan 2012

Polish Qatari Seminar

Polish Best Practices in Disability Policy

On April 29, 2011 the Foundation and Lazarski University hosted the Polish-Qatari seminar: Polish Best Practices in Disability Policy. The event was held in partnership with Qatar Embassy, Warsaw and the Institute for the Study of the Middle East, Gulf & Africa, Lazarski University.

Energy / self government

Who will pay for the city lights

Josh KluteA serious, unexpected and deeply dark conflict between the self government of the city of Lubartow (south-eastern Poland, Lubelskie) and a local housing association caused by controversy in determine which of the two institutions would be responsible for maintaining street lights (cost about 25 000 euro per year) The municipal energy company removed the bulbs in 23 lamps in the housing association terrain – even, if they are lightening pavements frecuantly used by Lubartow cityzens. There is about 1750 lamps in the city, about 200 in the private terrain

Poland/EU support

Public whip-round for EU supported surgery overhaul project

W szpitalu powiatowym im. Rafała Czerwiakowskiego w Bielsku Podlaskim w połowie października 2010 r. zostanie oddany do użytku zmodernizowany blok operacyjny, z dwiema salami operacyjnymi i jedną zabiegową, spełniający najwyższe unijne standardy. Koszt modernizacji to ok. 6 mln złotych. Prawie 5 mln pochodzi z funduszy unijnych, szpitala nie stać było na 948 tys. zł wkładu własnego.

Belarus: Paradoxes of Market Transformation

The bureaucratic maze makes bargain property sales not so attractive

Вечерний Гродно, Grodno (NW Belarus) based regional daily conveys a observant&rare story on the irresolute & creeping back-door liberalisation drive in non-metropolitan Belarus. Auctions for state owned properties, laying idle or unused are to be held in the coming months. At least 150 schools, kindergartens, public utilities and kolkhzy/collective farms buildings & premises are to be sold be in Grodno region by December 2010 only.

Development Aid Effectiveness, ENPI, Eastern Partnership

Effectiveness of EU assistance to ENPI EAST Area. EU perspective. Part II

The article provides overview of the key theoretical approaches toward the ENPI & the Eastern Partnership in the EU studies. The papers further examines in detail set of new generation external governance instruments: open, participative acquis enforcement formulas. Joint, problem oriented, result driven, multi-level & network governance tools on EU Eastern border-area are being assessed drawing from up-to date, field-based, first-hand evidences.

Polish text 

Rural development/agriibusiness

EU to double 2010 wine quota for Moldova

EU - Moldova rapid reaction mechanism in trade was positively tested. Government of Moldova & DG Trade & EU Delegation to Moldova deserve a  summer master co-ordinator prise for smooth extension of 2010 EU duty-free export quota for Moldavian wines granted under the current preferential trade regime-  so called Autonomous Trade Preferences (AAP).

The last wine bottle under the previous quota entered the common market in mid July, the request from the Moldova Ministry of Agriculture followed by the end of July and the positive feed-back was in Chişinău by the end of August. Laurel of Merit for willingness & flexibility to all parties engaged.

Read more in Romanian  

Ukraine, Belarus, Russia

German Foundation

October 1st, German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" will launch call for applications in the framework of the “Dialogue Forum” funding programme. The programme targets Belarussian, Russian and Ukrainian organisations that work to improve the life situation of the elderly in their home countries

Read more in English 

На русском

Georgia, Rural Development, DCFTA

Georgia to Conclude Negotiations on the Protection of Geographical Indications

By initializing the agreement on 29th of July, 2010 Georgia will adhere to the international standards on the protection of intellectual property rights in agriculture & food processing.

Under the agreement, protection will be granted to Geographical Indications (Protected designation of origin, PDO and protected geographical indication, PGI and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed,TSG) originating from Georgia on the EU market, similarly the European foodstuffs & products enjoying the geographical status will be protected in Georgia.


PURE project approved by the government of Belarus

The PURE project (Project on Urban Reduction of Eutrophication) was approved by the government of Belarus on 18 August 2010.

Altogether 5 projects have finished the internal approval procedure in Belarus: three projects (Baltrad, Urb.Energy and Bioenergy Promotion) approved in the first call and two in the second call (Baltic COMPASS and PURE) for project applications in the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

Lidovica, Western Moldova

Comprehensive insight into everday life in rural Moldova

The recent edition of Moldavian daily Ziarului de Gardă carries an insightful story on demographic decline in rural Moldova. The interesting piece of balanced reporting brings a quite incisive conclusion. While we all acknowledge that the creeping demographic decline in rural Moldova should be attributed to severe poverty and lack of prospects,


150 million € facility for grape/wine sector modernization

European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide 50 million € each in preferential credit line and the EC will add 50 millions € in non-refundable grant aimed for technical assistance.

Armenia, Approaching DCFTA, Agro-processing

Armenian Food Sector Struggles to Comply with EU Standards

Hetq, Armenian on-line investigative journalism community, brings up-to date overview of  EU standards compliance in food security and acquis driven approximation in food safety and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS), being a key priority within Armenian AAP/Association Agenda.

Project Development&Management

Comprehensive Guidelines & Templates for Logical Framework Approach (LFA)

Logical Frameworks are universal management tool widely employed in the design, monitoring and evaluation of international development projects. Logical Framework - reputed to be a real-time crash-test for the project is hardly a new concept to development aid practitioners, though filling the rows & blanks always tends to be challenging. See below for a dozen of hints& tips on LFA, including the unique real projects cribs. In case of a real LF hurdle do not hesitate to write us at to make a leap!




Poland, self-governments, health care & hospital management

Polish self governments reluctant to take over hospital debts

 W miejsce szpitala, który ma długi można powołać nowy, który przejmie dotychczasowy kontrakt na leczenie z Narodowym Funduszem Zdrowia. Stary pozostaje jako firma-wydmuszka, samorząd nie musi przejmować jego długów (musiałby to zrobić, gdyby szpital likwidował). Eksperci szacują, że około 20 spośród 70 przekształconych w samorządowe spółki szpitali nie dokończyło likwidacji starych placówek. To zjawisko w normalnej gospodarce jest nielegalne, ale w służbie zdrowia nic nie jest takie, jak gdzie indziej.

Zródło: "Menedzer Zdrowia" (Health Menager)

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