Accelerating Sustainable Development South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs

20 Jan 2016
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A UNDP Strategy

This strategy aims at a re-think of UNDP’s approach to South-South and triangular cooperation (SSC and TrC) as development accelerators and multipliers.  Its preparation has been driven by two key developments: first, the commitments made in the UNDP Strategic Plan (SP, 2014-17) to employ SSC and TrC to help achieve development results that benefit programme countries; and, second, the Management Response to the Evaluation of UNDP’s Contribution to South-South and Triangular Cooperation that commits to the preparation of a corporate strategy. These developments have taken place against the backdrop of a radical transformation in the scope, scale and effects of cooperation between developing countries over the course of the past two decades, calling for a creative and considered response from the multilateral development system.  As the leading development agency in the UN system, this is a demand that UNDP both understands and embraces wholeheartedly.

This strategy also takes into account normative considerations that have shaped cooperation among developing countries even as this has become more complex and nuanced over time.  It will be a living document that will be adjusted based on learning-by-doing and feedback received from partners.  The strategy offers a snapshot of the state of play in UNDP’s engagement with SSC and TrC; proposes a substantially overhauled value proposition for UNDP’s future work on SSC and TrC; outlines a transformative partnership model that can deliver on this value proposition; and indicates a way forward to implementation within the current Plan period and into the next.  Last but not least, the strategy takes an important step forward in clarifying and deepening the organisation’s relationship with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), within the framework of current legislation and in accordance with UNDP’s role as its institutional host.

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