Action remains well short of ambition in the European Union, a new report by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development shows. Despite repeated promises, the EU as a whole did not deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) as aid by 2015. More worryingly, there is an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.
The TRIALOG Policy Digests provided insight to currently discussed development policy topics. They provided information about recent policy processes and suggestions how to get engaged in the discussions and actions around the topics. The Policy Digests were written by drafting teams made up of TRIALOG partners (national platfrms from "new members states" of European Union).
The research presented in this report aims at strengthening public and political support for ensuring Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and formulating recommendations for policy coherence.
The report includes 4 case studies from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland to illustrate the (in)coherence between development cooperation and non-development policy areas:
The recent update of the Impact Assessment (IA) guidelines opened an opportunity for the integration of policy coherence for development (PCD) approach in the Polish legislative process. Following a focused advocacy action of Grupa Zagranica the new guidelines include a question relating to the potential “impact on social and economic development of priority countries of Polish development cooperation”.
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided not to include spending on refugees in Poland in the Official Development Aid reported for 2013. For years this has been an advocacy objective of Grupa Zagranica, the Polish NGDO platform.
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