Policy Coherence for Development

24 January 2019

Policy coherence for development (PCD) is the idea that all levels of policy-making should consider and factor in the four pillars of sustainable development – economic, social, environmental and governance.

According to the OECD, ‘Policy coherence for development means taking account of the needs and interests of developing countries in the evolution of the global economy’. The term Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) originally emerged from the realisation that non-aid policies of donors affect developing countries and should not distract, but rather be supportive of international development goals. The PCD concept initially emphasised the responsibility of developed countries to take into account the effect on developing countries when formulating domestic policies across different sectors (trade, finance, migration, security, technology, science).

The post-2015 agenda discussions emphasize the need for a universal development agenda that is relevant to the needs of all countries and which is based on shared responsibilities. This is against the background of a changing global development landscape and shared development and ‘global public goods’ challenges, such as climate change, widening income inequalities, resource scarcity and environmental degradation.


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