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15 | Ibero- American Program for the strengthening of South South Cooperation and Report on South South Cooperation in Ibero-America

COUNTRIES INVOLVED // Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay

CASE STUDY INSTITUTION/S AND AUTHORS // Enlaza Colombia, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Authors: María Clara Sanín and Juan Pablo Prado, with support of Bruno Ayllon

The Ibero-American Program for the Strengthening of South-South Cooperation and the Report of South-South Cooperation in Ibero-America aim to encourage political dialogue between Ibero-American countries on South South Cooperation (SSC) and to strengthen their capacity to manage this type of collaboration. These two initiatives have been agreed upon in the Ibero-American Conference framework and therefore rely on the operational support of SEGIB.

The Program began operations during 2010 (it had an initial four year timeline) and 18 Ibero-American countries participate in it. The Program’s purpose is, through five lines of work, building more and better institutional capacities in order to manage SSC inside member countries’ Cooperation Technical Units. SEGIB and its 22 member States have been jointly pulling off the endeavor of publishing the report for four years now in order to point out at actions and projects of bilateral, triangular and regional SSC carried out between Ibero-American countries.

Both the Program and the Report are initiatives which help the strengthening of governability of SSC in Ibero-America by means of strongly supporting the accumulation of conceptual, methodological, documental and analytical contents. This document describes their respective results, challenges and learned lessons which, however, are to be seen in light of their recentness, and therefore to be considered as preliminary. Among the lessons learned of the identification, planning and implementation processes of the Program and the Report the following are to be highlighted: the ability to take ownership as a continuing process of building, which requires a constant effort to understand interests of stakeholders; the need to strengthen equal participation spaces and trust-building processes; the importance of making progress on political agreements to develop better management tools, reporting mechanisms and access to information (which also involves promoting jointly carried out technical work); the opportunity of generating innovating articulation mechanisms between North and South cooperation by means of schemes designed to jointly produce outcomes responding to the new challenges of global context; and the need to develop legal procedures and mechanisms conforming to newfangled cooperation schemes.

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