This is an open forum to discuss arrangements that promote and facilitate implementation of South-South Cooperation (SSC) and contribute to enabling processes and systems for Capacity Development (CD).
In July we at the World Bank asked this community what you think about the concept of a global brokering platform for South-South Cooperation. Over 120 people shared their views through an online survey (97) and in-depth interviews (24). All in all, respondents from 44 countries participated. The results are attached here, including a summary of the online responses, a summary analysis of the in-depth interviews, and the interview template for reference.
I've been looking at south-south cooperation at a more grass-roots, organization to organization level, and how to do that or facilitate it, so looking at it from a view of country planning is interesting. There are some common themes, however. Data is one, whether setting up a study whose results can be published in a peer reviewed journal or finding an appropriate provider; identifying what is needed and defining it is another (or even recognizing a need), as is the need for clarity about the technical assistance and collaboration between partners. Follow up and the necessity of building long-term relationships is also key. One thing I found interesting was that your survey found little use of resources in academic and nongovernmental organizations, but this is where many countries in Africa are excelling. I would refer you to Southern African AIDS Trust, Pop Council Zambia, and Liverpool VCT, all doing excellent work in south-south. In addition, Swaziland's NERCHA used results based planning for its national strategic framework for HIV AIDS (2009-2014), and is developing its approach in Lesotho, Namibia, and Zambia. Things are moving!