Cross-Sectoral Coordination


To properly address the complex, interlinked challenges that integrated land use initiatives are concerned with, cross-sectoral coordination is essential. However, creating coordinated sectoral responses to environmental and socioeconomic problems can often prove challenging. Lessons learned to date demonstrate that clearly defining stakeholder roles and responsibilities, along with building more effective planning instruments to align the objectives of multiple sectors and levels of government could yield positive outcomes.

Key Elements

Cross-Sectoral Coordination


An Analytical Framework for Understanding the Political Economy of Sectors and Policy Arenas
Published by the Overseas Development Institute, this analytical framework is designed to help practitioners design and conduct analyses of the political economy of sectors, facilitating their understanding of entry points, and helping them to develop appropriate incentives.
Authors: Joy Moncrieffe and Cecilia Luttrell
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Cross-Sectoral Toolkit for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forest Biodiversity
Published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this toolkit provides a summary of policy approaches that minimize pressure on forest biodiversity.
Edited by I. Thompson and T. Christophersen
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Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Food and Agriculture: Accelerating Impact through Cross-Sectoral Coordination at the Country Level
Published by ICRAF and FAO, this paper provides national and international actors with approaches for working across sectors to achieve the SDGs. The paper emphasizes and explores multistakeholder collaboration in achieving subsectoral coordination.
Authors: C. Neely, M. Bourne, S. Chesterman, I. Kouplevatskaya-Buttoud, D. Bojic, and D. Vallée
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Land Use Planning for Multiple Environmental Services (LUMENS)
LUMENS is a planning tool developed by ICRAF to help stakeholders in Papua and South Sumatra with zoning; to quantify environmental services; analyze tradeoffs; and simulate land use trade scenarios.
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Policy Coherence of Sustainable Development Toolkit
Developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this online toolkit provides practitioners with practice guidance, checklists, and good practice examples and tools to help track progress on policy coherence in implementing the SDGs. The guide helps practitioners analyze interactions among SDGs and targets, strengthen institutional mechanisms, and monitor, assess, and report progress on policy coherence.
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The Political Economy of Policy Reform: Issues and Implications for Policy Dialogue and Development Operations
This World Bank report explores political economy issues in sector reform through analysis of case studies of World Bank engagement in agricultural liberalization and public-private partnerships in sanitation and water supply. The study presents a framework for analyzing the political economy of policy reform.
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Problem-Driven Political Economy Analysis: The World Bank’s Experience
This report takes stock of the World Bank’s experiences with political economy analysis and sector reform. It offers policy recommendations, providing donors with examples of how they can adapt to political economy conditions, or help expand reform efforts. The report concludes that focusing on the intersection of politics and economics can change how donors design and implement programs.
Authors: Verena Fritz, Brian Levy, and Rachel Ort
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Strengthening Sector Policies for Better Food Security and Nutrition Results: Political Economy Analysis
This policy guidance note, developed by FAO and the Directorate for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, introduces practitioners to political economy analysis and discusses how this analysis can help support policy efforts to improve food security and nutrition.
Authors: Dubravka Bogic and Klaus Urban
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