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No policy coherence? No poverty reduction
July-September 2017
By: Raymond Saner and Lichia Yiu

For development partnerships such as the 2030 Development Agenda to be successful, state and nonstate actors need to know the opportunities and difficulties that are pertinent to each sector of societal development within least developed countries. Each sector has its own specific realities and corresponding analytical and theoretical underpinnings.

The 2030 Development Agenda requires all actors to move out of their respective policy and operational silos. This is necessary if there is to be successful policy coordination, consultation and cooperation among those committed to reducing poverty in least developed countries. Organizational boundary spanning and boundary crossing ought to become the new norm for SDG implementation, whenever policy coherence will require new institutional learning and reimagining interagency coordination and consultation among UN development agencies, G20 member countries, private development organizations and think tanks. 

Raymond Saner is director of Diplomacy Dialogue at the Center for Socioeconomic Development in Geneva.

Lichia Yiu is the center’s co-founder and president.

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