Scaling-up matters for South-South Cooperation | Grace Wang

06 Nov 2013

woman touching computer tablet A woman employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India accesses information relating to her employment at an information kiosk. (Photo: UNDP India)

The global development cooperation landscape is changing rapidly. Emerging economies and other developing countries have become key actors in the new development architecture. They offer practical solutions, share rich knowledge and take leadership and collective actions.
For example, the Brazilian bolsa familia programme, a cash transfer model, has helped improve childhood nutrition and education in Brazil, and the system has been successfully transplanted to Africa. India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme entitles each rural Indian household by law to 100 days of unskilled work per year on public works programmes. China’s emphasis on infrastructure development in other developing countries has resulted in improvements in electricity supply, an increase in railway connections and reduced prices for telecommunications services.

In our new Strategic Plan (2014-17), we are committing to support South-South and Triangular cooperation, complementing the traditional North-South model, across the board, to be a critical part of the post 2015 development agenda.This vision cannot rest on any routine, isolated or short-term approaches.

Scaling-up strategy will be the key to ensure our support delivers lasting impact. In this regard, we see ourselves as:

• knowledge brokers, to help identify, share and adapt scalable Southern solutions that are tested, cost-effective, sustainable;
• capacity builders, to support developing countries to better undertake and engage in South-South and Triangular cooperation, in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, and private sector;
• facilitators, to help ‘start-up’ collaborations and scale-up of promising ideas

Scaling up is the process of ensuring coverage, impact, and sustainability of a development innovation. It involves expanding successful pilots, but more importantly, strengthening national capacities and improving global, national and local policies and institutions. With this in mind, we are developing a rigorous results-based management system and integrating scaling-up into our programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

UNDP is currently going through an organizational change agenda 'from good to great'. Greatness is about vision and courage. Greatness, to us, is to bring about transformation on a larger and sustainable scale. Our support to South-South and triangular cooperation must also think big and aim high.

Talk to us: Share examples of successful South-South or triangular cooperation in your country.

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