This report by Eurodad member CNCD, in collaboration with several national NGO platforms and Eurodad, 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:
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