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Bringing policy coherence for development into the post-2015 agenda – Challenges and prospects

Discussion Paper 163


Knoll, A. 2014. Bringing policy coherence for development into the post-2015 agenda – Challenges and prospects. ECDPM Discussion Paper 163. Maastricht: ECDPM.

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The underlying ideas and principles of the concept of ‘Policy Coherence for Development’ are relevant for the post-2015 discussion. Yet, conceptual and political challenges exist when promoting the PCD concept as developed in the OECD and the EU as a universal concept in global discussions.

Various ideas and principles of PCD can be mainstreamed in the post-2015 framework without using strong PCD jargon. These include

i) targets for Means of Implementation in thematic areas that effectively require strengthened PCD efforts

ii) targets in relation to capacity building for more integrated and evidence-based policy-making and

iii) efforts to build a strong accountability framework.

Independent from whether a universal PCD concept will explicitly be part of the language of a new framework, real progress on PCD will have to remain a major, if not the most, important component of OECD and EU MS action in achievement of their post-2015 commitments.

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European external affairsPolicy Coherence for DevelopmentPost-2015 Global Development AgendaDiscussion Papers (series)Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)Post 2015United Nations (UN)