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The ‘how’ of the SDGs: enhancing coherence across sectors

20 February 2020, 3:00 PM
Online and Location TBC
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Location: SEC, The SCVO Gathering, Glasgow


  • Lewis Ryder-Jones, Policy, Advocacy & Communications Officer, at Scotland’s International Development Alliance. Lewis spoke about how policy coherence is important to in international development sector and gave an overview of our work on the issue.
  • Lesley Thomson, Engagement Lead for the National Performance Framework, Scottish Government. Lesley spoke about how the NPF has been integrated with the Sustainable Development Goals and how kindness, love and an overall focus on wellbeing underpin the framework.

  • Ishani Erasmus, Sustainable Development Scrutiny Officer, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). Ishani demonstrated how the Sustainable Development impact assessment tool can be used, giving the case study of sex work.

This interactive learning lab drew together domestic and international sectors and asked how can we work together to enhance policy coherence and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

Takeaways: challenges and opportunities in 2020

  • a key challenge of talking about policy coherence for sustainable development is linking the topic to the local and personal level, to create human connections with the topic,
  • a real challenge is framing the overall narrative around policy coherence in a relatable way to make the terminology/ language accessible to everyone,
  • another challenge is that politics and the policy process can often mean that coherent solutions are difficult to agree upon and implement,
  • it can be difficult to think about all of the trade-offs and unintended consequences of policies or interventions,
  • there is an opportunity to explain the alignment between the NPF and the SDGs, without the two frameworks being confused,
  • a key opportunity in 2020 (the SDG’s Decade of Delivery) is the Scottish Government interministerial group on policy coherence for sustainable development, which will enable all ministers to consider sustainable development at all times in their work,
  • there are multiple tools such as the impact assessment methodology produced by SPICe that can be used to analyse proposed policies or interventions in a more holistic way.

Below you can find a copy of the quiz, definitions of policy coherence for sustainable development drawn up by attendees and a short guide explaining how you can get involved and submit materials to the collaborative Wiki.

Find the answers to the quiz and more information about the Alliance’s policy coherence for sustainable development work on the collaborative Wiki.

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