New report: Delivering results – How Denmark can lead the way for Policy Coherence for Development.

8. maj 2012, kl. 13:51
This report sends a message of urgency! Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) has for too long been articulated – without translating the commitments into action. Ever since the PCD agenda was introduced officially more than 20 years ago the international donor community are still experimenting and mostly involved in pilot projects. The greatest challenge is therefore to identify the right institutional model, which can realize the European PCD commitments. As stipulated in Lisbon Treaty PCD and the new Danish Development Law, PCD is a legal obligation. Getting PCD right thus matters more than ever before.

With this report, Concord Denmark aspires to advance, not only the PCD agenda in Denmark, but also in Europe. The primary aim is to develop a progressive and realistic approach, which will realize Denmark’s PCD commitments. Yet, the principles and the model of operationalisation is transferable to most European contexts, and may thus be utilized to advance PCD in all EU member states.

Policy Coherence for Development is a mutual obligation to assist poor countries to develop. It therefore also implies that donors move beyond the traditional donor-recipient relationship and away from a narrow focus on development aid only. We cannot demand results and question lack of progress in developing countries as long as our own policies continue to undermine Europe’s own commitment to poverty eradication. But just as important as these moral grounds, PCD is motivated by the evident need for getting value-for-money in development policy in times of rough austerity all across Europe. No matter how focused Western countries find themselves supporting and inciting new and innovative development and poverty-eradicating policies the potential incoherencies of Western non-development policies may render all these efforts useless. As the Danish minister for Development Cooperation stated in a recent speech, “PCD is not just another ingredient of the alphabet soup, but all about making our development efforts more effective, transparent and inclusive”.

The need for urgent action is illustrated by the magnitude of challenges and barriers for development stemming from incoherent European policies in three global areas, which are challenging both European policies and the policies of individual EU member states: Food and nutrition security; the energy challenge with a focus on bioenergy and; Illicit financial flows. The need for more comprehensive political debates on the shortcoming and incoherence of these policies are prominent.

In the report we have developed a concrete proposal for the operationalisation of PCD in a Danish context that is both realistic, transparent, and yet ambitious. Our aim is to advance the learning from other EU member states and build on existing Danish institutional mechanisms and structures, which will make PCD a systematic management tool guiding Denmark’s future policy making. We firmly believe this model will enhance Denmark’s influence on European and International policies beyond aid, and thereby also contribute substantially to the fight against global poverty. There is no valid excuse for further delaying the implementation!

Hent fil: Delivering Results Report - Concord Danmark - Final.pdf