On 9 September 2021, in commemoration of UN Day for South-South Cooperation and as part of the Egypt International Cooperation Forum, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), are organizing a side-event aimed at discussing the potential of working in triangular partnerships in Africa with a view to sharing experiences, lessons learned and ideas for future joint actions.
The outcomes of the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in 2019, provided an important political impetus to triangular cooperation. At BAPA +40, UN member countries acknowledged that triangular cooperation builds partnerships and trust between all partners, combining diverse resources and capacities, under the ownership of the requesting country, to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On the African continent, digitalisation, rapid technology advancement, climate change and the various impacts of demographic transitions have been generating both opportunities and challenges. At the same time, the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic have put the African continent at risk of not meeting the SDGs. These development mega trends are driving cooperation dialogue and coordination around the world at all scales from the global to the local. To turn these challenges and megatrends into opportunities for the continent, it will be vital for Africa to diversify its development partnerships. As of now, triangular cooperation has not played a major role, and there is scope to expand and improve the implementation of the modality across the continent to scale up innovation and share successful solutions.
The OECD and UNOSSC have embarked on an analysis of current trends and possible strategic directions for triangular cooperation in Africa through a joint paper, to which the IsDB has contributed valuable inputs and feedback. The main findings of the paper will be discussed in the margins of the International Development Co-operation Forum hosted by the Government of Egypt. This workshop will gather representatives from African governments, development partners, civil society organisations, private sector, research institutes, philanthropy, regional and international institutions, including members of the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) on Effective Triangular Cooperation.
The aim of this side event is to discuss the potential of working in triangular partnerships in Africa with a view to sharing experiences, lessons learned and ideas for future joint actions, including:
- supporting Africa’s efforts to address the mega trends and development challenges on the continent through triangular co-operation;
- exploring initial evidence on the impact of how triangular co-operation is used to tackle the COVID- 19 crises;
- discussing how triangular co-operation can effectively complement other development co-operation opportunities;
- providing an outlook for more inclusive, horizontal triangular partnerships to leverage and scale up innovations from Africa.
- Egyptian and African Ministers
- Development partners
- Private sector companies
- Civil society organizations
- Think tanks