Policy coherence

Over the past decades, awareness has increased within OECD countries that non-aid policies might conflict with aid policies. This realization has led to calls for improved coordination between different policy fields (“Policy Coherence for Development”). Areas of interest include the familiar ones of trade and migration, but also relatively new policy areas such as investment, tax treaties, and environmental policies. In addition, national FNS policies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are often lacking an evidence base and/or are poorly implemented. Empirical research aimed to informing these discussions is needed, as assessment of policy coherence can pose considerable challenges. Notably, there is a growing tendency to invoke health and food safety concerns when articulating policy stances and positions. There is a need to delineate carefully the pertinence and applicability of these concerns to particular proposals or policies under discussion. In LMICs this needs to take place in combination with local capacity building on policy analysis to support policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.