James Mackie, Where Next with Promoting Policy Coherence Under the 2030 Agenda?, April 2019
Promoting Policy Coherence is common sense and logical. Who would disagree with the principle? It is also the stuff of everyday government: checking how different policies affect each other and seeing how they can best be drafted so that they are mutually supportive rather undermining each other. But there are obstacles, so to make progress you need a clear approach and persistence over time. Enhancing coherence between policies is not achieved overnight, but is rather a constant on-going process. This article sets out to review experience of promoting policy coherence for development (PCD), then analyse how this has been done in the EU and third how this PCD experience relates to the newer concept of PCSD, or policy coherence for sustainable development. In the process it discusses four common pitfalls that emerge from this review of practice and considers how these may be dealt with in tackling PCSD.