Training on Management of South-South Cooperation in Brazil
Friday, 14 March 2014 05:04

Emerging economies have been increasingly putting their efforts to support other countries in development. Knowledge sharing activities under the framework of South-South Cooperation (SSC) is flourishing and getting stronger as a complementary for North-South development cooperation. To improve the implementation of South-South Cooperation, a training on Management of South-South Cooperation was held in Brazilia on 11-15 March 2013.

The training took place at the Palacio Itamaraty, the Ministry of External Affairs of Brazil. It was organized jointly by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil (ABC), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

The objective of the training was to identify experiences and best practices developed by the represented institutions that may be shared and learned. The training served as a forum for the participants from various countries to share and learn experiences in management of South-South Cooperation. This training is also a follow up of a planning workshop that previously held on January 10 and 11th in Brasilia.

41 participants representing 37 countries in American, Asian, Middle Eastern and African region participated at the training. The participants mostly are middle-level government officials in charge for managing South-South Cooperation. Indonesia was represented by Mr. Amri Sumodiningrat, Head of America and Europe Technical Cooperation, Bureau for Technical Cooperation, Ministry of State Secretariat.

 

The training consisted of presentation and discussion that focus on the 5 topics: Legal and Institutional Framework, Institutional Management and Coordination Mechanism, Project management, Human Resources, Communication Skills and Tools. Selected participants were presenting the case from their country and discuss the challenges, best practices and lessons that can be learned.

 

In the topic of Legal and Institutional Framework, Chile, Ghana, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil presented their cases. Main lesson learned related to this topic is that every country engaged in SSC should set a solid legal framework to regulate South-South and Triangular Cooperation. This framework should provide strong foundation and ensure stability for providing SS activities. Furthermore, the legal and institutional framework should also promote principles of international cooperation such as transparency and accountability.

For the Institutional Management and Coordination Mechanism topic, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Costarica presented their cases. The main issue in this topic is that a country engaged in SSC should develop a procedure and mechanism for managing SSC. Since South-South and Triangular Cooperation may involve various stakeholders, there should be a clear role and mandate for institutions and there should be based on an inclusive coordination strategy and mechanism. Furthermore, the case from Mexico may shed some light on the possibility of enhancing the use of Public-Private Partnership approach in implementing South-South Cooperation activities. In addition, development of a comprehensive information system for monitoring and evaluation is important to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of South-South Cooperation.

In the 3rd topic, the Project Management, several lessons learned may be drawn from the cases that related to ensuring effective project management.One of the main lessons learned is that it is necessary to develop a procedure for receiving demand for cooperation. Also, there should be a procedure for participatory project development together between providing country with the partner beneficiary countries.  In addition, to ensure aSouth-South project to be in line with international cooperation principles, there should be a guideline for effective and efficient project implementation, as well as a joint periodic monitoring and evaluation conducted by providing and receiving countries.

Related to the 4th topic, Human Resources Management, cases from Thailand and Egypt can be used to improve capacity of human resources for implementing South-south Cooperation Activities. Main lessons from the cases are the use of talent bank database and exchange of knowledge among international development agencies. The conclusion from this topic is that there should be a capacity development on managerial side at the agency level as well as the technical capacity improvement at the implementing agencies for South-South Cooperation.

In the 5th topic, Communication Strategy, Mexico, Japan and Kenya presented their cases on how to develop Communication strategy for South-South Cooperation. Main lesson from those cases is that country engaged in South-South Cooperation should develop a strategy and use appropriate tools for getting message across.  Different strategy and communication tools should be employed for the purpose of getting the support from domestic stakeholders (among government agencies, parliament and civil society) as well as different strategy and tools towards the beneficiary countries. This communication strategy should be comprehensive and linked with national development and international cooperation policy.

The training was held in a warm atmosphere and full of fruitful discussions. This training had been successful to be an invaluable forum for ideas exchange on South-South Cooperation.  Many best practices and lessons can be learned from the training. Indonesian delegate consider that lessons learned will become a valuable insight to strengthen the management of Indonesian South-South Cooperation.

The 1st training on Management of South-South Cooperation was a successful example of South-South Cooperation activity. It was a forum in which southern countries can share knowledge and experiences. The training was an example of south-south cooperation in practice.

 

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