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close this bookEliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century - White paper on international development (DFID - The Stationery Office, 1997, 86 p.)
close this folderSECTION 3 - Consistency of Policies
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View the documentThe Importance of Consistency
View the documentThe Environment
View the documentTrade, Agriculture and Investment
View the documentPromoting Political Stability, Social Cohesion and Responding Effectively to Conflict
View the documentPromoting Economic and Financial Stability

The Importance of Consistency

3.1 Development assistance is an important part of the way in which we can help tackle poverty. But it is not by any means the only aspect of our relationship with developing countries. Both nationally and internationally, there is a complex web of environmental, trade, investment, agricultural, political, defence, security and financial issues which affect relations with developing countries. These are driven by a range of policy considerations, all of which affect the development relationship. To have a real impact on poverty we must ensure the maximum consistency between all these different policies as they affect the developing world. Otherwise, there is a risk that they will undermine development, and development assistance will only partly make up for the damage done.

3.2 In this section we set out how the Government is approaching four vital sets of issues where domestic, foreign and development policies need to be applied in a consistent way if the world’s poor are to benefit. These are:

· the environment
· trade, agriculture and investment
· promoting political stability, social cohesion and responding effectively to conflict
· promoting economic and financial stability

We are ready to help developing countries to build the capacity to deal with these complex issues through the sharing of knowledge, information and technical capacity.