African countries have been generating innovative and context-specific solutions, in collaboration with various development actors, to respond to common development challenges including to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Despite restrictions in travel, the closure of borders, and the significant socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on countries, South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation (SSC & TrC) provide cost-effective and novel ways of sharing solutions to address these challenges.
In 2019, The BAPA+40 Outcome Document acknowledged the importance of sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices, particularly homegrown development approaches, on SSC & TrC in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It invited all relevant stakeholders, State and non-State actors, to do so in order to intensify efforts towards the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions via South-South and triangular cooperation. This also involved building multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with the private sector.
In collaboration with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, UNDP presents this joint publication “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions”. This publication contains codified African South-South development solutions and innovative solutions that have the potential to be scaled up in peer African countries, covering key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-related issues, such as governance, education, climate change, disaster risk reduction, clean water, renewable energy, agro-food, environment, digital finance and inclusiveness. The African development solutions showcased in this publication are expected to not only inspire more innovative made-in-Africa and African-tailored good solutions to addressing development challenges in Africa, but also facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation among a wider range of partners of the global South, including governments, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations and the general public.