One of the anticipated outcomes of facilitating and supporting south-south collaboration is building relationships and networks of organizations interested in your business area or sector.  Building a cadre of local and regional organizations to call on can lead to:

  • Efficiencies and economies of scale
  • Increased cooperation and synergies at the regional level, and
  • Increased knowledge exchange at the community and project level.

There are numerous guides for facilitating south-south collaboration.  Last year, my colleague Mary Gutmann and I developed a framework and toolkit for AIDSTAR-One, USAID's global project to combat HIV/AIDS through technical assistance and knowledge management. This framework, called South-to-South Technical Exchange on Integrating PEPFAR Gender Strategies, aims to serve as a guide for PEFPAR program managers to facilitate south to south technical exchange in one or more of the PEPFAR gender strategies. It includes a list of other tools for technical exchange and templates for:

  • Memoranda of agreement
  • Scopes of work
  • Monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Work plans
  • Activity Reports
  • Progress and final reports, and
  • Following up.
Although the framework focuses on PEPFAR gender strategies, the processes and templates could also be a resource for technical assistance providers or facilitators looking for new tools or a way to incorporate monitoring into a triangular or horizontal partnership.  The Framework can be accessed via the AIDSTAR-One website:

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A study on "Enhancing Management Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation" [pdf here] commissioned by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and JICA.

South-South Cooperation Exchange Mechanism. First online portal dedicated to SSC for sustainable development.

Mapping Multilateral Support to South-South Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards Collaborative Approaches. UNDP, 2011. Download PDF (English version) (Versión en Español)


IDB  Magazine - Regional Public Goods: An innovative approach to South-South Cooperation, 2014 version here in English and Spanish.

Using Knowledge Exchange for Capacity Development: What Works in Global Practice? KDI and The World Bank Institute



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