South-South Cooperation

A woman voter at a polling station in Varanasi earlier this year. A seven country delegation of election management bodies visited India to learn more about how they mange elections. (Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India)

UNDP has a strong role to play as knowledge broker, capacity development supporter and partnership facilitator when developing countries work together to find solutions to common development challenges.

As a way to make North-South aid more effective, donor countries also support developing nations through triangular cooperation (Trc). 

SSC/TrC are powerful tools to:

  • Brokering knowledge on scalable development solutions and analysis on what has worked, what has not, along with systematic information on SSC/TrC.
  • Enabling harmonization of policies, legal frameworks and regulations to increase opportunities and maximize mutual benefits of South-South exchanges;
  • Facilitating partnerships, fostering innovations, and promoting the scaling up of promising ideas. 
  • Convening and connecting a wide variety of interested stakeholders from governments to private sector, CSOs and academia to strengthen Southern perspectives and actions in global development agendas.


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Frequently Asked Questions for South-South Cooperation

This FAQ booklet addresses the overall definition and importance of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, as well as the role that UNDP can play. It also offers a list of important resources to consult when working on South-South Cooperation.

Video: South-South Cooperation in 75 seconds

Xiaojun Grace Wang, Lead Adviser for South-South Cooperation, provides an overview on the opportunities and challenges on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.