World Bank - Focus on South-South Knowledge Exchange
The World Bank InstituteFocus on South-SouthKnowledge Exchange
WBI’s South-South Knowledge Exchange PlatformThe challenge Through the AAA, Southern perspectives have become more relevant in the evolving global “One great catalyst of change is when practitioners governance of development cooperation. All get inspired by other practitioners. Our ability to development actors, including Middle-Income connect practitioners to each other on the practical Countries as both providers and recipients, are ‘how-to’ of reform is an agenda of rapidly increasing invited to play a central role in contributing to the importance.” achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – Sanjay Pradhan, and addressing global development challenges Vice President, World Bank Institute. such as poverty reduction. It is in this context that South-South cooperation is recognized as a tool forMore than ever before, the term South-South capacity development.cooperation—which can be defined as an exchangeof expertise and resources between governments, Our audienceorganizations, and individuals in developing nations— Practitioners, policy makers, development practitionershas been gaining importance and momentum in the from bilateral and multilateral organizations, think tanks,development arena. Along with Triangular Cooperation, private entities, foundations, civil society, and academiait was highlighted in the 2008 Accra Agenda for involved in the South-South agenda.Action (AAA) on development aid effectiveness asan important means of arriving at solutions to shareddevelopment challenges.
Our approach info), documenting cases and capturing lessons learned.Recognizing the potential of South-South cooperationand knowledge exchange, the World Bank Institute Our partners(WBI) is responding with the following integrated set ofinitiatives: • African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank,Managing the South-South Experience Exchange Association of Southeast Asian NationsTrust Fund (SEETF) (ASEAN), Organization of American StatesThe SEETF aims to further the World Bank’s knowledge- (OAS), Organisation for Economic Co-operationsharing agenda by drawing on the accumulated and Development/Development Assistanceexpertise of partner countries. This nimble, demand Committee (OECD/DAC)driven funding mechanism is designed to respond • United Nations organizationsquickly and efficiently to the needs of reformers in low- • Task Team on South-South Cooperationincome countries. In recognition of the innovative nature • The Governments of China, Colombia, Denmark,of SEETF, the United Nations presented the World Bank India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain,Group with an Innovation Award during the 6th UN Day and the United Kingdomfor South-South Cooperation in 2009.Contributing to the Aid Effectiveness DebateWBI supports the Task Team for South-SouthCooperation (TTSSC) with knowledge, advice, andfinancing. Formed in Accra under the auspices ofthe Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, the TTSSC’smandate is to assess the various approaches todeveloping capacity that will yield better results andincrease country ownership.Capturing and Facilitating South-South Practice inBank OperationsWBI has established a one-stop shop to help WorldBank staff design, develop, and deliver learning andknowledge exchange events, strategies, and programs.We also contribute to the South-South debate throughan active community of practitioners (www.southsouth.
Examples of South-South knowledge exchange competitive industrial clusters in Africa. While still in its infancy, the program has led to significant resultsSouth-South learning for practitioners: Global and has contributed to the development of severalDialogues on the Economic Crisis. During and Special Economic Zones throughout Africa.after the global economic crisis, WBI organized anumber of just-in-time global dialogues through Mobilizing youth against corruption—the Globalvideoconference, connecting countries from different Youth Anti-Corruption Network. WBI helpedregions that were struggling with comparable mobilize youth groups from around the worldproblems to discuss their policy responses and to through innovative approaches to fighting corruptionexchange their first-hand experiences. Topics included in the long term. In doing so, it helped facilitatesubnational financing, subnational government and strengthen their network so that they canprograms, the macroeconomic sector, the financial exchange their experiences, learn from each other,sector, and the effects of the crisis on the poorest. and assess what works well and what doesn’t in their anti-corruption projects. A number of theseAfrica-East Asia Experience Exchange Program. were designed and implemented by youth groups,Designed by WBI and its regional counterparts in including scouts in the Philippines who monitorAfrica and East Asia, this program is a catalyst for procurement; a rap band in Burundi that raiseslong-term technical cooperation between ten African awareness of the damaging effects of corruption;countries, China, Malaysia, and Singapore to enhance and a cartoon series in Bangladesh that educatesforeign direct investment and develop globally children from an early age.
The World Bank Institute (WBI) is a global connector ofknowledge, learning, and innovation for poverty reduction.We connect practitioners, networks, and institutions tohelp them find solutions to their development challenges.With a focus on the ‘how’ of reform, we link knowledgefrom around the world and scale up innovations. Wework with and through global, regional, and country-based institutions and practitioner networks, to developcustomized programs that respond to specific needs. WBIconnects globally and delivers locally. For more information, please contact Han Fraeters Practice Managerwww.worldbank.org/wbi +1.202.458.2941Printed on recycled paper firstname.lastname@example.org