Assessment and Evaluation of South-South Cooperation Discussed at Busan Global Partnership Forum

Dec 1, 2015

Participant at the Busan Global Partnership Forum discusses South-South Cooperation (Photo: USPC)

Representatives of governments, civil society and think tanks discussed the lessons learnt from the assessment and evaluation of South-South Cooperation (SSC) at the Second Annual Busan Global Partnership Forum. The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre partnered with the Asia Foundation to bring together various initiatives focusing on the quality of South-South Cooperation.

The discussions centered on case studies and featured presentations by the authors and officials from the participating countries. Several case studies focused on the evaluation of projects between partner countries. The Brazil–Angola case study, for example, aims to focus on the application of the framework for assessing the quality of SSC recently launched by the Network of the Southern Think-tanks (NeST). The case studies attempted to broaden the traditional focus on project outputs to outcomes, and took into consideration inputs from a wide range of national stakeholders in providing and recipient countries.

The importance of SSC has been growing in the recent years. At the same time, the related data is fragmented and insufficient, and the diverse modalities of cooperation make it difficult to agree on an assessment framework. However, the situation is changing. “Popular pressure both in provider countries and recipient countries drives interest in the assessment of the quality of South-South Cooperation,” said Anthea Mulakala, Director of International Development Cooperation at the Asia Foundation who chaired the session.

The case studies demonstrated practical frameworks that can be used to assess the quality of SSC. However, participants highlighted that many challenges exist and encouraged continuous dialogue on the methodological approaches, calling on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation for facilitation.

The Busan Global Partnership Forum brought together nearly 200 participants from donor agencies, partner countries, civil society, multilateral organisations, think tanks and the private sector to share experiences on how the principles of effective development cooperation are being implemented in practice, and how this can bring support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Forum was organized by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul on 23-24 November 2015.