CIDSE urges policy makers to consider development aims when taking decisions in related areas such as trade, agriculture, finance, environment and governance. Providing aid alone is not sufficient. We can most increase our impact on development by preventing harmful impacts in other policy areas.
While PCD is a cross-cutting issue for all our areas of work, we advocate in particular for the European Union to comply with its PCD targets which are enshrined in the EU Treaties. EU institutions are an important target, because policy areas such as agriculture, trade, climate or finance are either exclusive EU competencies or are increasingly being discussed at EU level.
We want to ensure that the EU makes PCD a policy priority and would like to see it implemented in an appropriate way. This means that we want to stress that “for development” must prevail in “policy coherence for development”. Otherwise, approaches to encourage growth in developing countries, for example, might end up serving EU economic interests, as often happens in the case of natural resource exploitation.
On policy coherence we work in close collaboration with the European confederation of development NGOs CONCORD, of which CIDSE is member. CONCORD publishes a yearly Spotlight on EU Policy Coherence for Development report.