Examining Development Policy: Coherence for Whom?

About the issue

Current international concern on policy coherence comes from the recognition that the enormous range of development policies implemented or proposed is motivated by diverse agendas and interests of various actors whose concerns and priorities may not be consistent or even intersect. This incoherence results in contradicting policies that have tremendous impacts on people especially the poor in developing countries.

Policy coherence for development (PCD) is often confused with and narrowed down to harmonization and coordination, but PCD covers the whole policy environment that ensures economic relations are not damaging as well as country ownership of development programs and policies. As such, PCD must be guided by principles of human rights, gender and social equity, ecological sustainability, solidarity, and mutual accountability to achieve development effectiveness.


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This RealityCheck was made possible with valuable contributions from Pedram Pirnia of the New Zealand Council for International Development (NZCID) and Arnold Padilla.

Cover Photos by: Poland MFA, IRIN
Inside Photos by: Poland MFA
                                 IBON Foundation
                                 Philip Brookes
                                 World Bank – Philippines
                                 Marc Reil Gepaya
                                 IRRI Images
                                 The Advocacy Project
                                 Simon Oosterman

Cover Design and Layout by: Florenio Bambao