in: Better policies for development 2015: policy coherence and green growth, Paris: OECD, 101-110
The OECD had a strong influence on the formulation of the MDGs. At its core was the pledge to improve the quantity and quality of international development efforts, by making mutual commitments with developing countries supported by adequate resources, by improving coordination of assistance in support of locally-owned development strategies and by achieving coherence between aid and other policies with an impact on developing countries. This contributed to the inclusion of the 8th MDG, on the global partnership on development. After the adoption of the MDGs, the OECD and EU became strong proponents of ‘policy coherence for development’. This concept continued to gain acceptance, leading eventually to the 2008 UN MDG Summit, which called for increased efforts at all levels to enhance policy coherence for development. However, many OECD governments struggle to translate their commitments into actions and to be accountable for actual progress made. One reason for this is that PCD often calls on stakeholders to make changes in other areas of public policies, while development actors themselves are too often reluctant to make changes themselves. The post-2015 framework for global development is an important opportunity to better integrate PCD with wider policy areas.