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Policy Coherence for Development: Five Challenges

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  • Michael King

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    (Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Frank Barry

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    (Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Alan Matthews

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    (Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

Abstract

‘Policy Coherence for Development’ (PCD) seeks to ensure that non-aid public policies are consistent with a government’s international development goals. In the light of a number of years of PCD reviews and institutional reforms at both EU and member state level, this paper reflects on the dynamics of the PCD policy environment and discusses five challenges for the PCD policy agenda. These include the opposing interests of domestic and development constituencies, conflicts between development objectives themselves, disagreements between experts on what ‘good’ development policy is, difficulties in identifying the true development interest of developing countries, and the growing heterogeneity between and within developing countries. While the challenges discussed in this paper have general relevance, we draw on EU and Irish policies to illustrate the arguments. We conclude with a series of recommendations on how these challenges might be addressed and how to make the PCD agenda more effective.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp335.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
Date of revision: Aug 2010
Handle: RePEc:iis:dispap:iiisdp335

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Keywords: Policy Coherence for Development; European Trade and Agriculture Policy; Development Policy; Millennium Development Goals;

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