The Task Team on South-South Cooperation at a Glance (2009-10)             1. WHAT IS THE TASK TEAM ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERA...
3. HOW CAN YOU SHARE EVIDENCE OF SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION WITHIN AID EFFECTIVENESS?             The core of the TT-SSC’s ac...
5. WHAT’S NEXT IN SSC AND AID EFFECTIVENESS?             Regional perspectives on SSC are critical for localizing both SSC...
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The Task Team on South-South Cooperation (TT-SSC) brings partner countries, especially middle income countries, donors, civil society, academia, regional and multilateral agencies together under a common objective of mapping, documenting, analyzing and discussing evidence on the synergies
between the principles of aid effectiveness and the practice of South-South Cooperation (SSC).

Derived from the Accra Agenda for Action’s commitment to inclusive partnerships, the TT-SSC is a southern-led platform hosted at the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) at the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The TT-SSC is chaired by Colombia with active support from three regional platforms and the World Bank Institute.

The TT-SSC’s activities are integral in defining the role of partner countries and Southern perspectives in the evolving global aid architecture. The TT-SSC is contributing to global policy-making leading up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea, 2011.

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The Task Team on South-South Cooperation at a glance - nov 2009

  1. 1. The Task Team on South-South Cooperation at a Glance (2009-10) 1. WHAT IS THE TASK TEAM ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION? The Task Team on South-South Cooperation (TT-SSC) brings partner countries, especially middle income countries, donors, civil society, academia, regional and multilateral agencies together under a common objective of mapping, documenting, analyzing and discussing evidence on the synergies between the principles of aid effectiveness and the practice of South-South Cooperation (SSC). Derived from the Accra Agenda for Action’s commitment to inclusive partnerships, the TT-SSC is a southern-led platform hosted at the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) at the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The TT-SSC is chaired by Colombia with active support from three regional platforms1 and the World Bank Institute. The TT-SSC’s activities are integral in defining the role of partner countries and Southern perspectives in the evolving global aid architecture. The TT-SSC is contributing to global policy-making leading up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea, 2011. 2. WHY DOES SSC MATTER IN THE CONTEXT OF AID EFFECTIVENESS? In the quickly changing global development governance, SSC is a diverse form of cooperation among developing countries. In this context, the TT-SSC focuses documenting, analyzing and discussing practice of SSC and their synergies with the aid effectiveness agenda, particularly addressing a “three- fold mandate” emerging from the Accra Agenda for Action (article 19): • Adapting the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action principles for SSC (AAA art. 19a); • Enriching the effectiveness agenda with the practices and experiences of SSC (AAA art. 19b); • Identifying complementarities between SSC and North-South cooperation (AAA art. 19e). The TT’s analytical work focuses on the practice of technical cooperation particularly led by Middle- Income Countries as both providers and recipients of development assistance. At the global level, the TT-SSC aims to contribute to the evolving global effectiveness agenda by boosting horizontal partnerships and peer learning, making technical cooperation more useful, promoting Southern expertise and contributing to develop capacities. 1 Asian Development Bank in Asia, Inter-American Development Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and NEPAD Secretariat in Africawww.southsouth.infowww.oecd.org/dac/effectiveness
  2. 2. 3. HOW CAN YOU SHARE EVIDENCE OF SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION WITHIN AID EFFECTIVENESS? The core of the TT-SSC’s activity is building an evidence base for mapping south-south cooperation practices in the context of aid effectiveness. The following three channels for sharing experiences and evidence have been opened for you (as a country or multilateral institution) to become part of the analytical work of the TT-SSC: - You would like to share valuable experiences in a short description of your case (a case story) to be presented in the task team’s website and during the HLE in Colombia - You would like to conduct a study on your case looking into South-South cooperation in the context of aid effectiveness - You would like to share available or on-going cases, project and analytical work on SSC A specific call for case stories will be circulated in November 2009 and remain open until 29 January 2010. Countries and organizations can also alert the task team on the possibility to conduct a deeper case study. All cases should meet the following criteria: 1. The proposals should address South-South technical cooperation among two or more governments which express interest in conducting the case study 2. The project should have taken place within the last five years, preferably the last two years 3. Detailed information on the process (planning, implementation and outcomes) as well as the stakeholders of the case should be already available and/or quickly accessible 4. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE ANALYTICAL WORK? There are several good reasons to engage in the TT-SSC’s work presenting, conducting and discussing case studies: • Your country or institution will develop highly relevant expertise and knowledge on SSC and aid effectiveness, hand-in-hand with experts from developing countries • Country-led work will be supported by a global coordination mechanisms and the regional platforms, in addition to the World Bank Institute • Country-led experiences will be shared at global and regional events and launched in a publication, with a sensitive impact on high-level policy-making • Experts are encouraged to ensure excellence by awarding the most committed ones with an invitation to the Colombia High-Level Event in March 2010 • Networks will be built around the TT-SSC, ensuring quick access to other practitioners and decision-makers, especially in partner countries and regional institutions.www.southsouth.infowww.oecd.org/dac/effectiveness
  3. 3. 5. WHAT’S NEXT IN SSC AND AID EFFECTIVENESS? Regional perspectives on SSC are critical for localizing both SSC and aid effectiveness in their specific contexts. Supported by the regional platforms, The TT-SSC will hold regional meetings with a two-fold objective: 1) to take stock and review the analytical work; and 2) to provide a platform for regional- level consultations to contribute to the Colombia High Level Event on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development in March 2010. • 27 October 2009: Regional TT meeting for Latin America, Bogotá Colombia • 4-5 November 2009: Regional TT pre-meeting for Africa • 1 December 2009: TT-SSC meeting at the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, Paris, France [closed to members of the WP-EFF] • January 2010 (TBC): Regional TT meeting for Africa • 30 January 2010: Regional TT meeting for Asia-Pacific, Korea • 24-26 March 2010: High Level Event on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development (HLE Colombia), Bogotá, Colombia 6. FURTHER READINGS The TT-SSC has produced a package of documents guiding its analytical work, which includes a concept note on the analytical framework, a guidance note on the selection of case studies and a technical note for writing a case study. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy. 7. WANT TO LEARN MORE? WANT TO CONTRIBUTE CASES? More updates and discussion groups on the TT-SSC is found at www.southsouth.info. For further information and feedback, please contact the communication advisor of the TT-SSC, María Clara Sanin (sscasestories@gmail.com) and Enrique Maruri (enrique.maruri@cancilleria.gov.co)www.southsouth.infowww.oecd.org/dac/effectiveness

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