Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Workshop: NGOs and policy coherence for development

In the framework of the EU Coherence Programme, the Evert Vermeer Foundation and CONCORD organised a workshop on the role of NGOs in promoting policy coherence for development. The workshop took place on November 22, 2006 in Brussels.

Building on previous meeting outcomes where it was noted that pressure from civil society can have an impact on national governments when it comes to pushing them to take action on policy coherence for development (PCD), this event was intended to take stock of best practices of NGO's working on PCD-related issues. Further, it wanted to stimulate participants to rethink their role and the roles of NGOs in general, in terms of creating political will for PCD and influencing the choice and shape of coherence mechanisms.

The workshop also looked at ways that national and European spheres are interlinked as far as policy coherence is concerned: do national NGOs also target EU institutions when lobbying for PCD? What are new and innovative ways to address the two policy levels simultaneously and increase impact?

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See also the Euforic dossier on coherence.

Source: EU Coherence Programme