ILO gives full support to a growing form of partnership
The United Nations defines South-South Cooperation (SSC) as “a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and inter-regional collective actions, including partnerships involving governments, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, for their individual and/or mutual benefit within and across regions. South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation”.
Triangular cooperation refers to South–South cooperation supported by a Northern partner. South–South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) is today a significant modality of development cooperation, based on financial and non-financial exchanges between peers.
South-South Expert Knowledge Sharing Forum on Policy Innovations and Lessons Learned on Enterprise Formalization
ILO SSTC materials and publications can be found in a dedicated interactive space, the “South-South Meeting Point”.
The ILO Governing Body has discussed the topic on several occasions:
- March 2012: the Governing Body endorsed the paper “South–South and triangular cooperation: The way forward”, making the ILO the first UN agency with a dedicated strategy
- November 2012: the Governing Body revised the South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) indicators
- November 2015: the Governing Body discussed the updated “ILO Development Cooperation Strategy 2015–2017”, which further stressed the importance of SSTC and agreed to continue the 2012 strategy
- March 2018: the Governing Body discussed the paper : “ILO South–South and triangular cooperation and decent work: Recent developments and future steps”