Case study #18: Ensuring vertical policy coherence in migration management for development through strategic coordination mechanisms
Thematic area: Mainstreaming migration into local development planning
Key words: Policy coherence, multi-stakeholder approach, multi-level approach
This case study looks at why and how to foster vertical policy coherence in migration and development from the local to the national levels. Policy coherence for migration and development can be defined as policies that “pursue synergies to advance shared objectives, actively seek to minimise or eliminate negative side effects of policies, (and) prevent policies from detracting from one another or from the achievement of agreed-upon development goals”. Given that a variety of actors from the local to the national level manage or have a stake in migration and development issues, this can lead to policy incoherence due to overlaps, ineffectiveness and misuse of resources and a lack of cooperation between all actors. This case study from the Philippines illustrates how policy coherence in migration and development was enhanced in the regions of Bicol, Calabarzon and Western Visayas through the establishment of regional committees on migration and development which were able to promote coordination at the local, regional and national levels for enhanced policy effectiveness.
Access the full case study here (available in English, will be available in French and Spanish soon).