Wednesday, 23 July 2014

First Workshop on Policy Coherence for Development in Hungary

On the 24th of June 2014, HAND – the Hungarian development CSO platform organised an open workshop on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in Hungary with the title “To give with one hand and not to take with the other”.

The event is part of HAND’s World Wise Europe project on PCD in association with CNCD 11.11.11 and other project partners. The aim of the workshop was to increase the knowledge on PCD among CSOs and government officials. The workshop was opened by Györgyi Újszászi, board member of HAND and Mr. László Baján the Head of the Department of the International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In his opening speech Mr. Baján said, PCD has an increasingly important role in Hungary’s recently launched Strategy Framework for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. He also emphasised, that the cooperation between the MFA and HAND yielded a fruitful relationship and opened a number of new avenues for working together. The workshop featured several presentations on PCD to provide an overview of the topic as well as relevant Hungarian case studies to use specific examples where the lack of coherence among policies had harmful impact on developing countries.

During the second part of the event, PCD expert Blandine Bouniol from CONCORD introduced what is the importance of research in PCD, how to identify potential PCD topics and build partnerships with other stakeholders to achieve PCD goals. The workshop was considered a success; among the participants were representatives of NGDOs, the Ministry of National Economy, Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Interior and Eximbank.

Agenda available here.

Presentations available online:
M.Leiszen: “Introduction to the concept of PCD – EU and OECD perspective";
Attila BARTHA: „Illicit financial flows and policy coherence – the Hungarian case”;
Myles O. Stiffer: „The Private Sector FOR Development”.

For more information please contact Peter Rohonyi at:

Information provided by HAND

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