V4 - PCD research cooperation
V4 Project focusing on PCD in the context of the Eastern Partnership countries:
The partners of the project supported by the International Visegrad Found are the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS), the Slovak Non-governmental Development Organisations Platform (PMVRO) and the Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid (HAND).
All project partners are national platforms of non-governmental organizations engaged in democratization, development cooperation, humanitarian aid and global education. A significant number of the platforms' member organizations have been working predominantly in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries for many years. The central topic of the project, Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), while relatively new in the V4 countries, has been in the focus of interest of the project partners for a while, also through the cooperation within CONCORD, the European confederation of development NGOs.
The project aims at increasing the effectiveness of development assistance offered by the V4 countries to the EaP countries through building synergies between V4 countries’ development policies and other policies affecting the EaP region, following the Policy Coherence for Development approach fostered by the EU and the OECD. The project builds a research base for a public debate on advancing PCD in V4 through an exchange between V4 researchers, development professionals and policy makers.
The focus of the various national studies will be potentially on: social and environmental impact of projects supported by the European Investment Bank; movement of people; brain drain through scholarship policies; migration policies, imbalances in trade and investment; energy policy, the lack of coordination and coherence between development policy and the EU Neighbourhood Policy.
The project has 3 stages:
1. Exchange on policy research practice and developing a common research methodology;
2. Research on potential policy synergies for a more effective V4 development cooperation with the EaP countries;
3. Debate on research results and recommendations at a conference in Bratislava in October during the European Year of Development 2015 (EYD).
The outcome of the project will be four national language research studies on particular cases of PCD and one joint English publication containing all four case studies.
The project started on 1st March and concludes on the 31st December 2015.
The main risk in the project would be lack of interest and/or cooperation by the policy makers. However, all project partners have strong relationships, developed through years of advocacy and cooperation, with their respective public administration and decision making structures. EaP is also high on political agenda in V4.