Policy coherence for sustainable development

The Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development




The PCSD Framework provides guidance on how to analyse, apply and track progress on policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD), as called for by target 17.14 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). 

The general guidance provided by the PCSD Framework is neither prescriptive nor binding. The sets of open-ended questions are designed to enable policy-makers – ministries, legislatures and offices of government leaders, development agencies and other key stakeholders – to screen policies, organisational structures, and policy-making processes, and to consider contextual factors which can influence the achievement of sustainable development goals. They are also intended to help users examine their current institutional mechanisms and practices for promoting policy coherence, and determine what changes are needed, if any, to adapt and align their current institutional set-ups to the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 


The PCSD Framework, which is available in its entirety in the OECD report "Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016", is composed of one generic module and three thematic modules. Each module consists of a Toolkit with self-screening questions and a set of Annotations with more detailed information and links to relevant background material. 


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How to use the PCSD Framework?

For countries and other stakeholders wishing to use the PCSD Framework, the following suggested steps could serve to facilitate the planning and processes. The OECD-PCD Unit stands ready to support any or all of these steps on a targeted and demand-driven basis. Contact us at:

  1. Exploratory discussions between the national focal point and the OECD-PCD Unit to better understand the specific context, challenges, needs, level of ambition and actors to be involved (based also on PCD assessments in DAC peer reviews). Identification of next steps, including an eventual mapping of existing tools and mechanisms.

  2. Preparation of Terms of Reference to determine: purpose of the pilot; roadmap for testing the PCSD Framework/Modules; specific objectives; scope; deliverables; roles and responsibilities; resources and timeline.

  3. Kick-off workshop to promote engagement across the government and among key stakeholders; raise awareness and build common understanding on PCSD; and identify priority areas for PCSD.

  4. Targeted support to bring in OECD or other experts to: facilitate cross-government workshops; analytical work; and preparation of reports.

  5. Presentation and publication of outcomes, experiences and lessons learnt and identification of ways to feed into SDG reporting, DAC peer reviews and other OECD reviews.

  6. Follow-up technical advice on PCSD implementation, monitoring and reporting, including the identification of national PCSD indicators and how best to adapt and apply them.


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