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Welcome to Improving Policy Coherence in Scotland!

The Rubik's Cube analogy
The Rubik’s Cube has been used by the UN as a simple analogy for visualising the challenge of addressing all dimensions of sustainable development (the 5 P's) in an integrated manner (policy coherence for sustainable development). If we try to solve only one side of the cube we are unlikely to ever succeed, but by considering all sides simultaneously we can get closer to the solution.

This site exists as an open and editable wiki resource for individuals and organisations interested in improving policy coherence in Scotland. This site was set up by Scotland's International Development Alliance . It is a shared and open space for developing understanding on policy coherence issues, suggesting solutions, tracking progress and stimulating debate.

What is policy coherence?

At its core, 'policy coherence' is about making sure that actions taken by one part of government, or sector within society, do not undermine the positive actions taken by others; and preferably, support and reinforce one another. It is relevant to all sectors of society, all parts of government and is essential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and for creating a fairer, kinder Scotland. Find out more.

Why is this important?

Improving policy coherence benefits everyone. Whether the ultimate goal is poverty eradication at home or overseas, a well-being economy, improved environmental protection or long-term economic efficiency, improving policy coherence is critical to ensuring that progress towards one goal is not at the expense of others. Find out more.

Why should you get involved?

We believe that an open and transparent approach to idea creation is vital to encourage multi-stakeholder and multi-sector buy-in for holistic action across a range of issues. This site has been created by international development NGOs, and therefore is particularly focussed on this aspect of PCSD. Therefore, this resource needs input from other sectors and stakeholders to be genuinely useful for decision makers to improve policy coherence across the whole of government. You can also copy any material off this wiki and use it as you please.

What will you find across this site?

This site includes:

  1. The background of policy coherence as a concept;
  2. Suggested global frameworks that can be used and adapted to the Scottish context;
  3. A timeline of Scotland's journey to adopting a more coherent approach to policy-making;
  4. A review of Scotland's performance against the OECD's policy coherence indicators;
  5. An analysis of 'Scotland's tools' that can improve policy coherence;
  6. And, a review of different key thematic areas that are being/can be considered to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development in Scotland.

How this site works?

Every part of this Wiki should be considered a 'work in progress' and can be added to and edited by anyone who visits this site. Use it to collaborate with others openly on how we improve policy coherence in Scotland! You can immediately start working on developing this wiki, whenever you want (no wiki experience required), just click on 'edit' on a section you want to add to or amend.

No need to register or sign in, unless you want your ideas to be attributed to you. We want you to directly shape what is here by adding your ideas and content to the different pages within it. You can also get in touch with Louise Davies ( if you have any questions or would like a new page to be set up.

Who is behind this site?

This wiki has been created by Scotland's International Development Alliance, with initial support from Oxfam Scotland, SCIAF, Christian Aid Scotland, SCVO and Tearfund Scotland.