Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development


03/19/2018 12:00AM


04/27/2018 12:00AM

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500 USD


North Rhine-Westphalia


An engaging 6-week online course, which aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to analyse and design policies that are coherent as well as mutually reinforcing across the dimensions of sustainable development.


Designed in coordination with the National University of Singapore acting through its Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Hertie School of Governance based in Berlin, this course will focus on building coherent policies for sustainable development in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

The course will lay special emphasis on the importance of cross-sectoral policy coherence between different levels of government, and on the need for collaboration and networking with dievrse stakeholders and actors. The course will also cover review mechanisms and tools to provide a holistic approach to coherent policy making.

Theoretical, practical and case study based approaches will be used to illustrate and support the concepts. Participants will get the opportunity to engage with the distinguished academics and leading experts through weekly live webinars. Assignments, exercises, quizzes and peer sharing spread across the six modules of the course will benefit the participants and add to their learning.


Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will:

·        Demonstrate a clear understanding of the interlinkages between cross-sectoral policy objectives of different departments, and the importance to align them, with a view to implementing the 2030 Agenda;

·     Be able to analyse and design policies that are mutually-reinforcing across departments and agencies;

·     Have a better understanding of the challenges to policy coherence faced by different countries and the tools to address such challenges;

·     Have an understanding of the strategies to overcome stakeholder conflict and building cooperation and trust between stakeholders;

·     Be familiar with the review mechanisms and tools employed by various organisations

Course Methodology

The 6-week online course will comprise of 6 modules. Each module will draw heavily from case studies and examples to illustrate and support the concepts, and will include assignments and group work that prompt application. Each module will feature a quiz to enable participants to test their knowledge on the content. Learning will take place through reading materials, live webinars by distinguished academics and leading experts and through peer-sharing via discussion forums.

Course Contents

·        Module 1 will provide an introduction to the concept of policy coherence, discuss concepts like policy cycle, policy process and coherence dilemmas

·     Module 2 will discuss the need and ways to align policies to achieve sustainable development and how the concept has evolved in the post 2015 era

·     Module 3 will focus on the importance of coherence in national policies emphasising the need to determine thematic priorities and indicators at the national level

·     Module 3 will look at policy coherence at the regional and international levels and emphasise on the importance of collaboration and networking with regional actors for coherence.

·     Module 4 will focus on actors, institutions and stakeholders. A part of this module will also elaborate on the importance of political will for policy coherence

·     Module 5 will focus on the review mechanisms and tools to complete the circle of policy coherence 

Target Audience

UN staff from country or regional teams, government representatives, development practitioners as well as members of civil society, academia and foundations

Cost of Participation

The course fee of 500 USD will cover the following:

·     Unlimited access to course materials (video and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations.

·     Participation in live webinars with renowned subject matter experts on sustainable development.

·     Exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.

Certificates of Participation will be awarded to participants subject to the completion of all modules and quizzes, successful submission of exercises and assignments, and full participation in all live online sessions and discussion forums for each topic covered in the course.

Course Dates and Venue



For more information and to register, please go to http://bit.ly/PC2018-1

Deadline for enrolment is 5th March, 2018 

Should you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact sustainable-development@unssc.org

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