South-South Experience Exchange Facility
The World Bank Institute (WBI) supports the Task Team for South-South Cooperation (TTSSC) with knowledge, advice, and financing. WBI has established a one-stop shop to help World Bank staff design, develop, and deliver learning and knowledge exchange events, strategies, and programs. WBI also contributes to the South-South debate through an active community of practitioners (www.southsouth.info)
Created in 2008, the South-South Experience Exchange Facility is located in the Knowledge Exchange Practice of the World Bank Institute. It provides funding for developing countries to share their knowledge and expertise with one another. The Facility contributes to the World Bank’s knowledge sharing agenda by drawing directly upon the accumulated expertise of its client countries. Grant requests are country-driven but administered by the World Bank. Exchanges cover a wide range of topics including: Agriculture (fishing),Finance, Industry and Trade.
Nine partners, including five middle income countries, supports the South-South Facility. This global partnership reflects a new trend in development cooperation, with emerging economies playing an increasingly important role in global development practice. In addition to funding the Facility, these partners act as key knowledge providers in Facility-funded grants and bring their significant experience in development.
Current partners include:
China, Colombia, Denmark, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Examples of cooperation:
- Brazil and Korea share their experiences with Haiti in garment production to strengthen Haiti’s economic and investment opportunities. Under this exchange, several Korean and Brazilian firms visited Haiti to assess potential business opportunities. The participants produced a report on employment and investment opportunities and technology transfer between these countries, which has spurred the development of policies promoting the Haitian apparel sector in Asia and Latin America.
- Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria shared their experiences in small-scale private irrigation. to improve agriculture productivity and mitigate drought, agriculture policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders conducted field visits and organized a regional conference to discuss and review small-scale irrigation practices and policies. The exchange led to the development of a “best practice” guide that was disseminated to irrigation professionals throughout West Africa.
For more information: www.worldbank.org\trade