South-South and triangular cooperation (contd.)

Web page | 25 February 2018
The ILO has placed particular emphasis on SSTC as a vehicle for achieving the Organization’s objectives and as an effective means of capacity development. SSTC has acted as a catalyst to underpin development cooperation programmes and stimulate new initiatives. The ILO’s tripartite nature, its mandate-driven agenda, and its emphasis on social dialogue distinguish the ILO within the UN family, and provide it with a unique comparative advantage in promoting and implementing SSTC.

The ILO has engaged in SSTC for several decades, (see link above). Its Partnerships and Field Support Department (PARDEV) is responsible for this programme, coordinating and facilitating Organization-wide engagement in SSTC in close cooperation with the field offices.

Some examples:
  • the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (CINTERFOR) in Montevideo was set up by the ILO as an SSC institution for the Americas
  • the ILO International Training Centre in Turin (ITC-ILO) serves as a meeting point for tens of thousands of students every year from the Global South
  • the Global Labour University (GLU), which is a network of trade unions, universities and the ILO involving partners from the South (India, Brazil, South Africa) and the North (Germany, United States).
  • the Regional Initiative: Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour
  • the Africa Facility for promoting South-South and triangular cooperation.
In implementing its SSTC Programme the ILO cooperates closely with the UN system, including the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC): several ILO-SSTC projects, or development cooperation projects that include an SSTC dimension have been and are being implemented in cooperation with other UN agencies.
The ILO has established additional, SSTC-related partnerships with the “Group of 77 and China”, the g7+ group of fragile states, the “South Centre”, the “United Cities and Local Governments” (UCLG), the UN Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), and the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNSSE), to name a few.