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South-south and triangular cooperation

The effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) – and the ultimate aim of achieving absolute targets such as Eradicating Poverty – will require innovation, new partnerships, knowledge-sharing and scaling up of proven approaches. As a traditional entry point to partnerships among developing countries, South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) is emerging in the international development scene as a tool for contribution to rural poverty reduction.

As a development institution, IFAD has been supporting the transfer and dissemination of southern-based development solutions in the rural sector. As part of its Strategic Framework 2016-2025, IFAD plans to strengthen its work in the area of SSTC, seeing it as an integral part of its business model and of its country programming process. During the IFAD10 period, the Fund will formalize its approach to SSTC and ensure that 50 per cent of all country strategies (RB-COSOPs) include an approach for SSTC. Through these commitments and by expanding the pool of solutions available to – and building on previous successes achieved by – developing countries, IFAD seeks to promote inclusive and sustainable approaches for transforming rural areas.

In focus



  • Twenty thousand families in 13 districts of Uganda are now imagining their lives differently. By creating a shared vision, husbands and wives are not only finding ways to break out of their poverty, but they are discovering the value of equality in their homes.

  • São Tomé was once the world's biggest exporter of cocoa, but a decade ago the global cocoa price crash destroyed the industry here and desperate farmers have been clearing the forests to find alternative ways to make a living. But then the rising global demand for organic chocolate changed everything. IFAD joined forces with French organic chocolate company, Kaoka, to revive the island's cocoa industry. And it looks like chocolate might just save this island.

  • How are trees and water flow connected? Ask the kids at Kambaru Primary School in Kenya. They'll tell you. They've planted more than 4,000 trees as part of a larger effort to reforest east Mount Kenya and restore much-needed water resources.

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  • Maurizio Navarra
    South-South Cooperation Team Leader, Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy Division
    Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
    Rome, Italy
    Work: +39 0654592512
    Mobile: +39 392 8161314