South-South Research Studies in the Context of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda

20 Jan 2016

Advancing South-South Cooperation in Education and Skills Development Lessons from the Field

the study seeks to understand the enabling factors and lessons learned by Brazilian and Indian cooperation in Africa to implement the SDGs in education and skills development. Specifically, the study aims to inform policymakers and development cooperation practitioners on the different approaches and instruments used to replicate and scale up SSC in education and skills development by:

  • Assessing the enablers of Brazilian and Indian cooperation in education and skills development in Africa and the lessons for the implementation of the SDGs;
  • Identifying imperatives for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of SSC and opportunities to incorporate lessons learned in the design and implementation of future initiatives in education and skills development;
  • Providing initial reflections on how Southern-led policy platforms can further advance the implementation of the SDGs in education and skills development.

The study field-tests the analytical framework for assessing the quality and effectiveness of SSC, developed by the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST). The NeST framework is one of the first systematic initiatives of the South to
assess the quality and effectiveness of SSC. It comprises 7 dimensions and 22 sub-dimensions based on the principles that guide SSC and their corresponding indicators and guiding questions.

Brazilian Triangular cooperation in social protection contribution to the 2030 agenda

  • This paper aims to analyse how can trilateral cooperation (TrC) initiatives sharing Brazilian experiences in social protection contribute to the 2030 agenda. To explore the lessons learned through the Brazilian TrC in social protection, the research team carried out a literature review and developeda trilateral projects database, using information from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) website.3 Three initiatives were further explored by reviewing publicly available documents and carrying our semi-structured interview with different partners (see Annex I for list of interviewees). Unfortunately, the team was able to interview partners in other developing countries in only one case. As a result, the paper lacks a stronger analysis based on the perspective of Brazil’s Southern partners. The first section of the paper gives an overall picture of Brazilian TrC. The second section presents the three initiatives: the Purchase for Africa from Africans, the World Without Poverty Platform and the Programme to Eradicate Child Labour. The final section presents possible contributions of Brazilian TrC in social protection to the 2030 agenda.

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