This report is part of the project “World-Wise Europe: A more coherent Europe for a fairer world”, which aims to strengthen public and political support for ensuring Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). The report includes case studies from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to illustrate the coherence between development cooperation and non-development policy areas. In addition, the report unites several national platforms of development NGOs, as well as Eurodad, who participated by developing general recommendations.
The case studies illustrate how uncoordinated policy formulation in non-development areas can end up contradicting and undermining development cooperation efforts. In most of the countries covered in the report, PCD has a minimum political anchorage and its principles still need to be put into practice. Even though coordination bodies exist at inter-ministerial level in some countries, a more effective coordination at the policy formulation stage is still necessary.
The report concludes that that there is a severe need for political will in order to design and adapt decisions according to development priorities. In this process, CSOs should fulfill their role as watchdogs and ask for more transparency and coherency from decision makers.
Therefore, the study serves as an awareness-raising and advocacy tool for partners involved in the project. CSOs should push their respective governments to take into account the following recommendations:
- Legal reforms in order to anchor PCD in the objectives of government as a whole, in parallel with awareness-raising that will enable the implementation of legal frameworks.
- Institutionalised coordination mechanisms, open to the participation of civil society.
- Concrete strategies, focussing on priority policy areas, with monitoring tools and regular reports in progress. Regulation and reform in these policy areas (investment, trade, energy, etc.)
- The role of public information and debate is also key, through ensuring at least Parliamedntary monitoring.
- Impact studies and research, conducted by communities affected and their organisations.