South-South and triangular cooperation

A growing form of partnership

  1. ILO gives full support to South-South and triangular cooperation


    Since the 1960s technical cooperation has included various approaches within both bilateral and multilateral relations. In the UN system the concept known as "horizontal cooperation" has brought new development aid profiles and helped enhance the social impact of development.

    Traditional international technical cooperation has reached a point where some beneficiary countries have learnt sufficiently from development efforts and have mastered techniques that they can now pass on to other countries to promote this learning process. This is known as South-South cooperation.

    Most countries that are now donor countries to the UN system and to the ILO in the past benefited from traditional cooperation. One case is Brazil, which has learned a great deal from such cooperation, notably under the multilateral framework, and is now ready to contribute to its peer countries and to other countries that receive low levels of support from traditional donors. Over the past few years Brazil has been promoting horizontal cooperation in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Haiti, sharing its experience and technical knowledge on approaches to fighting child labour.

    Since 2005, the ILO has assisted the Government of Brazil in initiating more systematic horizontal cooperation in the field of child labour with Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. The Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Brazil on 14 December 2007 to guide the future development of this important South-South initiative in a spirit of equality and non-discrimination and based on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Its most recent achievement is Brazil's agreement to finance projects in Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Timor Leste (see box, right) following the conclusion of a framework agreement with the ILO in March 2009.

2017

  1. Publication

    Global South-South Development Expo 2017: ILO Solution on Skills Development, Youth Employment in the framework of South-South and triangular Cooperation Antalya, Turkey, 28 November 2017

  2. Publication

    Promover el empleo de las personas con discapacidad a través de redes empresariales: Una perspectiva de cooperación Sur-Sur

  3. Publication

    Sul-Sul Solidario e Desenvolvimento Local: Artigos dos Participantes - Praia, 20-22 Julho 2017

  4. Publication

    Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy: Innovative Ecosystems for Solidarity Economy Policies and South-South Cooperation

    This compilation features articles from several scholars from the Global South countries, as proceedings of the ILO South South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy, to be held in June 2017 in Seoul, South-Korea.

  5. Publication

    China-ILO Cooperation: Factsheet

    China has been an ILO member State since 1919. China supports the ILO’s mandate both through contributions to the ILO’s core budget and through development cooperation programmes and projects. The China-ILO partnership focuses on social justice, decent work and fair globalization.

  6. Publication

    Turkey-ILO Cooperation: Factsheet

    Turkey supports the ILO’s mandate both through contributions to the ILO’s core budget and to development cooperation programme. Turkey has become a major refugee-hosting country, with more than 2.8 million Syrian refugees registered. While the address of humanitarian needs has been at the forefront of the response, the focus has been increasingly shifting to livelihoods support.

  7. Publication

    Panama-ILO Cooperation: Factsheet

    Panama supports the ILO’s mandate both through contributions to the ILO’s core budget and development cooperation programmes and projects. Panama has always been very committed to the promotion of dialogue and cooperation and has been an active contributor to the ILO since the 1990’s.

  8. Publication

    Algeria-ILO Cooperation: Factsheet

    Algeria supports the ILO’s mandate both through contributions to the ILO’s core budget and to development cooperation programmes and projects. Algeria has always been very committed to social change, the promotion of decent work and the positive impact they both have in alleviating people’s labour conditions, and has thus been increasing its level of engagement and cooperation with the ILO in the recent years.

2016

  1. Publication

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy (Turin, July, 2016): A Decent Work Overview, based on the work of scholars and Academy participants

    This compilation features articles in several languages on a wide range of issues concerning South-South and triangular cooperation, including the SDGs; child labour; job creation, climate change, and just transitions; city to city cooperation and local economic development; public employment programmes; fragile-to-fragile cooperation; social dialogue; migration; public-private partnerships; and social media.

  2. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    GSSD 2016: ILO Solution Forum on the Future of Work and SSTC - Poster

  3. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    GSSD 2016: ILO Solution Forum on the Future of Work and SSTC - Flyer

  4. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    ILO Academy on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC Academy) - February- December 2016 (face-to-face: July 2016)

    South-South good practices for the meeting of Directors of Cooperation Agencies during GSSD 2016

  5. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    ILO Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum, 1 November 2016

    During this year's GSSD Forum, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and based on an assessment of past staff needs, the ILO will hold a South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Solution Forum on The Future of Work and South-South and Triangular Cooperation, devoted to ILO staff and partners. The objectives include ensuring ILO staff and constituents can access tools and methodologies that will enable them to implement new South-South and triangular cooperation projects. ILO staff and constituents will be able to follow up on their learning experience of SSTC by exchanging experience and deepening knowledge through an ‘SSTC virtual meeting point’ (www.southsouthpoint.net) and by tailor-made coaching and training sessions. The ILO is organising its Future of Work dialogues around four Centenary Conversations: 1) Work and Society; 2) Decent Jobs for All; 3) The organization of work and production; 4) The Governance of Work. Participants are invited to concentrate on two of the dialogues. The event will also feature last year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, the "Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet", in a session entitled "Good Practice in Social Dialogue and Algerian SSTC cooperation". This will address social dialogue and social protection.

  6. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    ILO Concept Note: The Future of Work and South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    The Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo is the UN's annual high-level forum for the promotion of South-South Cooperation between UN agencies, constituents and partners. The GSSD 2016 will bring together the UN system, non-state development partners, including philanthropic organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations, to support the scaling up of tested and effective Southern solutions so as to deepen the development impact of South-South cooperation.

  7. Publication

    Mapping the SSE Landscape in India and Brazil through South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Gender-Based Initiatives in Social and Solidarity Economy

    Contribution to the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy, Turin, 2016

  8. South-South and triangular cooperation

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy 2016 opens in Turin

    The Turin-based academy will help set up and coordinate strategic initiatives and political advocacy linked to South-South and triangular cooperation.

  9. Partnerships

    The partnership between Portugal and the ILO - A successful venture

    Portugal, a founding member of the ILO, is committed to the Decent Work Agenda. Over the last 20 years the Portugal-ILO partnership has seen a qualitative leap through its funding of ILO programmes aimed at Portuguese-speaking countries. This short outline of the history of the partnership illustrates the range of activities involved.

  10. Event

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy, 2016

    A joint initiative of the ILO and its International Training Centre, supported by UN agencies and partners, the SSTC Academy, an interregional learning and networking event gathered policymakers, promoters, practitioners and researchers from all around the world. It served as a forum for the formulation of high-level strategic initiatives and political advocacy on SSTC in support to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and decent work in particular.

2015

  1. Publication

    Triangular cooperation and Decent Work: Good Practices

    This publication is aimed at emphasizing the growing importance of South-South and triangular cooperation for the ILO in promoting social justice and mainstreaming the Decent Work Agenda, with a particular focus on triangular cooperation. It discusses the ILO’s definition of triangular cooperation and includes a compilation of good practices in successful triangular cooperation projects and activities that have been implemented in recent years in which the ILO has been involved.

  2. Publication

    Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia: A South-South and triangular cooperation perspective

    A compilation of good practices to support the ILO in developing a strategy of South-South and triangular cooperation in Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia.