Sustainability Advice

What is it about? 

Sustainability Advice concerns the integration of sustainability in short-to-medium-term policy development. Sustainable policies require the consideration of many policy issues, such as food security and water availability, climate and gender, aid and trade. Themes like climate change, value chains and circular economy evolve over time, and they often cut across departments. Independent expertise helps to determine accepted facts, to improve the coherence and the synergy between different policy objectives.

Why the NCEA? 

NCEA's Sustainability Advice distinguishes itself from other knowledge support services in that it pays attention to the integration and interaction of multiple policy themes of Dutch development policy. In other words, if advice is needed on the integration of multiple themes, the NCEA is the place to go. In addition, the NCEA can respond rapidly and flexibly to requests. 

What the NCEA can do:

  • Give written advice: using a multidisciplinary expert working group; this advice is by default published as formal NCEA advice for reasons of transparency and independence and has the highest added value.
  • Give oral advice: either by an individual expert or by NCEA staff. Examples can be participation at a Q@E or facilitating as a neutral chair/facilitator/resource person in meetings and workshops. This includes support to ministry units in ‘structuring’ complex policy issues.

What the NCEA cannot do: 

  • Produce concrete products such as climate country profiles, information leaflets, etc. 
  • Provide extra capacity for DGIS or embassy tasks or responsibilities, in situations where this capacity is lacking (e.g. attend meetings on behalf of DGIS or assign Rio markers). 
    Also, the NCEA advises on sub-policy level issues in the short-to-medium-term. For the long-term, large scale policy advice, other institutes such as the PBL are better equipped. 

When can sustainability advice be requested?

Sustainability advice can be requested by all DGIS departments and embassies. A request for advice is likely to be screened positively if the following criteria are met:

  • The advice is of strategic nature; 
  • A rapid, multi-disciplinary analysis is necessary;
  • The question concerns multiple policy fields and is politically sensitive;
  • It is not a task for which DGIS lacks capacity. 

The easiest way to check if all criteria are met is simply by contacting the coordinator of the Sustainability Advice Programme!

Please find more information on Sustainability Advice here.