GPI on Effective Triangular Cooperation
GPI Newsletter #4
October 2021
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Welcome to the GPI newsletter! We are happy to share the last news, events and publications related to Triangular Co-operation of the last three months.

The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation marks September for us. It was a busy month of events and in this context the GPI hosted its 2021 meeting. Read the details of this meeting and also other partners' initiatives in this newsletter.

Finally, we take the opportunity to invite all GPI members to join the GPI WhatsApp group. If you are still not part of this virtual community, contact the GPI Focal Point.

Good reading!

Past events on Triangular Co-operation
GPI 2021 Meeting: Webinar and Marketplace
GPI 2021 Meeting: Webinar and Marketplace
To celebrate the UN South-South Cooperation Day, launch the GPI brief “Leveraging Triangular Partnerships to Respond to COVID-19 and Build Back Better from the Pandemic” and foster networking and matchmaking among GPI members, the GPI organised its 2021 Meeting on 14 and 15 September. Overall, the meeting brought together more than 100 participants from all regions of the world. Stay tuned on our Website for the report of the event.
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[UN SSC Day] Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions

   The UNOSSC collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa  and launched on 14 September 2021 a special edition of the Good Practices publication. The report "Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions" presents nearly 40 good practices across all SDGs. These cases illustrate the central tenets of effective South-South and triangular cooperation; address transnational development challenges; highlight solutions that have been piloted and scaled up, and have tangible development outcomes.

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[UN SSC Day] Institutionalization and impact assessment of South-South and triangular cooperation, key findings and recommendations from Southern think tanks

     On 13 September 2021, the South-South Global Thinkers, an joint initiative of UNOSSC and UNDP, launched a series of papers where think tanks, research institute and academia globally shared case-studies and different perspectives on the strengthening of institutional arrangements on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. All papers are listed in the section below "Other publications on Triangular Co-operation".

UN Day for South-South Cooperation 2021

     On 10 September 2021 the UNOSSC organised the Main Event to celebrate South-South and Triangular Co-operation. High-Level speakers participated in the Panel Discussion "Solidarity in support of a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable future". During the discussions, numerous Member States, UN entities and other stakeholders highlighted the importance of Triangular Co-operation to implement BAPA+40 recommendations and pledged for collective action and solidarity to respond to global challenges and inequalities. On the days following the Main Event, many partners, including the GPI, organised side events to deepen these reflections.

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[Egypt ICF Side-Event] Triangular Co-operation in Africa

     During the Egypt International Cooperation Forum, the Egypt government and three GPI core group members, OECD, UNOSSC and IsDB, organized on 9 September the workshop "Triangular Co-operation in Africa". The event had high-level participants from African countries and partners discussing African countries’ interest and engagement in triangular partnerships.

[Webinar] Cooperation on Gender Equality to Leave no One Behind

     The Colombian Presidential Agency of International Co-operation (APC-Colombia) hosted on 31 August 2021 the Webinar "International Cooperation on Gender Equality to Leave no One Behind". The core group member, Maria Elena Alcaraz, from AMEXCID, was one of the speakers of the event and highlighted the value-added of triangular partnerships to promote projects in this are. Other GPI members were also among the speakers, as KOICA and USAID. 

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[HLPF Side Event] Good Practices in South-South & Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development in SIDS

    During the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), the UNOSSC, GPI core group member, in collaboration with the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), launched a thematic good practices publication with over 45 good practices across all SDGs. On 7 July 2021, the side-event was an opportunity to shared some of these good practices, fostering South-South and Triangular cooperation and cross-regional learning through the mapping and sharing of good practices relevant for SIDS.

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GPI Publication
Download the brief in English and Spanish

The GPI launched the brief Leveraging triangular partnerships to respond to COVID-19 and build back better from the pandemic. In 2020, the global community suffered a severe setback in the progress made towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More vital and strategic partnerships are crucial to overcoming this crisis in an effective, just, and equal way. Against this background, the present brief has two main objectives:

  • to analyse the impacts of the pandemic on existing triangular co-operation programmes; and
  • to explore how partners can leverage triangular co-operation to catalyse resources and efforts tackling the development challenges triggered by COVID-19, during and after the pandemic.

The brief is a result of a joint effort of nine GPI members: the BRICS Policy Center, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Trade Centre, the Japan International Co-operation Agency, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the Mexican Agency for International Development Co-operation, the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency.

Other publications on Triangular Co-operation

Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions, Report, UNDP & UNOSSC, September 2021 (English).

GIZ Fund for Triangular Cooperation with Asia, Factsheet, GIZ - Germany, September 2021 (English).

South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the face of COVID-19: A quest for resilience in Africa, Paper, Sara Hamouda - IGD, August 2021 (English).

Advancing Alternative Development Paradigms: Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme Case Study, Paper, Karthik Poondla - Southern Voice & Public Affairs Centre (English).

The Role of Institutional Arrangements for South-South Cooperation: Experiences from Ecuador and Sri Lanka, Paper, Marcela Morales et al. - Southern Voice, July 2021 (English).

Institutional frameworks for South-South Cooperation in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, Paper, Alejandra Kern et al. - Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST), July 2021 (English).

Designing a survey of the Institutional Architecture of South-South Cooperation: A feasibility study, Paper, Nilima Gulrajani - ODI, July 2021 (English).

Methodological Pluralities in Impact Assessment of South-South Cooperation: A Synthesis from Efficiency Perspective, Paper, Milindo Chakrabarti and Sachin Chaturvedi - Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST), July 2021 (English).

South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Lessons from partnership between Argentina and Mozambique, Paper, Federico Villegas - South Centre, July 2021 (English).

Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development in SIDS: Advancing SAMOA Pathway and Achieving Sustainable Recovery, Report  UNOSSC & UN-OHRLLS, July 2021 (English).

For more, access our Resource Library

The Global Partnership Initiative on Effective Triangular Co-operation is a platform to advocate for and promote effective triangular cooperation in support of the 2030 Agenda. These objectives are advanced by members through the (1) Advocacy Work stream, which has elaborated a set of Voluntary Guidelines for Effective Triangular Co-operation and a contemporary understanding; (2) Analytical Work stream, which has collected and analysed more than 100 case studies from GPI members and produced reports on these and other findings; and, (3) Operational Work stream, which is creating spaces to share lessons learned on implementing effective triangular co-operation in a consistent and consolidated manner.

GPI Core Group Members:
African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Canada, Chile, Ibero-American Program for the Strengthening of South-South Co-operation (PIFCSS), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Japan, Mexico, Norway, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

Contact: Geovana Zoccal, GPI Focal Point

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