InterCap project has released its Annual PC(S)D Policy paper for 2020. The paper outlines the overall action of the partner countries on PCD while at the same time focuses on the challenges faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As described in the paper, the Covid-19 pandemic presented by far the largest challenge to all of the partner organisations in 2020. During the second year, most partners either established fully functional national PC(S)D platforms or joined already existing networks, and in both cases had ambitious plans for the last year of the project.

Due to the lockdowns and other limitations relating to the health crises, most face-to-face meetings, trainings or large events had to be cancelled and rescheduled in an adjusted format using online tools. This allowed for the continuation of activities related to furthering the PC(S)D agenda, but often met a second barrier, the decrease of interest in coherent policies on the side of decision-makers due to the new focus. It is possible to state that the road to strengthening the relevance of PC(S)D in the eyes of decision-makers has gained new turns and side-tracks. On the other hand, the crises could be used as an opportunity to rebuild national system in a way that would promote PC(S)D.

The PC(S)D networks, established through InterCap, as well as the already existing platforms, offer an opportunity to influence a strengthened national setup. Research about the consequences of the pandemic could offer valuable insight about the importance of PC(S)D in times of crises, as a tool for advocacy efforts in the coming years. Leadership is vital to progress.

Read the complete InterCap 2020 PC(S)D Policy Paper here.

We would like to thank all the associate partners, organisations and stakeholder supporting this InterCap activity throughout its implementation.