Galeazzi, G., Knoll, A., Krätke, F., Lein, B. Rosengren, A., Sherriff, A. 2013. Insights from development in national policy coherence for development systems: Key cross cutting issues and dilemmas. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 144).
Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is fundamentally a matter of politics. As such, the key dilemma for the countries covered in this study is how to develop and sustain the level of political interest in and support for PCD, firstly how to put PCD on the political agenda, and secondly to retain momentum and make commitments towards promoting PCD meaningful at both the national and EU level. Although the potential benefits of effective PCD remain unquestioned, the study shows that political leadership, sponsorship and focus have waned in recent years in the countries studied, even if many of these are considered global leaders in PCD.
Key Purpose of ECDPM Study
Whereas comparative analysis shows there is at present no foolproof way to sustain high-level political interest, will and support for PCD, the concept could be better branded and communicated across government and to the broader public.
The configuration and dynamics of PCD systems and mechanisms vary greatly, depending on a country’s governance and administrative culture and on the existing arrangement of government. Ownership and mainstreaming of PCD engagements across the whole of government remains problematic.