Sub-principle 1.B

Align and co-ordinate PSE through development co-operation with national priorities and strategies


Why is it important?


Aligning development co-operation projects which involve the private sector with national development priorities is key to ensuring shared agendas, clear responsibility and greater accountability among all the partners active in projects (or broader programmes). This requires careful planning and dialogue but is key to ensuring the effectiveness of the project as well as its intended development results. Trade unions can monitor PSE projects and help hold development actors accountable, putting pressure on them to align their activities with national development priorities and base them on inclusive consultation processes from the planning stages onwards.

Self-reflection questions
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  • Are PSE projects aligned with national development priorities and the 2030 Agenda? Which national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals do PSE projects focus on? Which ones are left out, i.e. are there blindspots/gaps? 
  • Do PSE projects explicitly indicate how they align with the national PSE and development goals? 
  • Do relevant partners in PSE projects regularly review progress and ensure continued alignment with national and subnational objectives? How inclusive are such assessments?
  • Are feasibility studies a built-in requirement of PSE projects/programmes of their impact on the environment and other socio-economic effects?

Actions to consider
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  • Actively consult and look for information to assess whether PSE projects (and related broader programmes) are aligned with national strategies, including national development goals and related results frameworks and feasibility studies.
  • Ensure you are kept informed about plans for projects and included in related consultations, i.e. receive relevant information and in real time.
  • Establish and invest in relationships and structured and regular channels of communication with government focal points and other project/programme partners, including from development partners, business associations and civil society.
  • Actively participate in any consultations and co-ordination meetings to help broker alignment with broader development goals and avoid fragmentation.

Pitfalls to avoid
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  • Ignore national or subnational development priorities if they do not align well with your organisation’s objectives and priorities.


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