Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Policy coherence for development: rhetoric or reality?

Brussels, November 26. SID European Programme, in partnership with EADI and the Evert Vermeer Foundation (EU Coherence Programme), organised today a briefing session on policy coherence for development. Base for the discussion was the European Union's first Report on Policy Coherence for Development that the EC issued late September to "highlight the interactions and complementarities between development policy and twelve other internal and external EU policies that have an impact on developing countries."

The reactions on the report have been very critical, most of all from civil society organisations. The briefing session presented critical analysis and information on the issue from different perspectives.

The session was chaired by Paul Engel (Director, ECDPM). The programme included a keynote speech by Louis Michel (Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid) presentations by Louka Katseli (former Director, OECD Development Centre), Anders Wijkman (MEP), Fran├žoise Moreau (DG Development), and Peter Heintze (Director, EVS/EU Coherence Programme).


Also check out the Euforic dossier on coherence