FAO’S South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs: Fostering Partnerships among the Global South (FAO, 2018)

South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) is rapidly gaining ground as a powerful delivery mechanism in the development cooperation landscape. It has been recognized as a key means of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with particular reference to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

SSTC initiatives, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), may involve two or more countries of the global South, sometimes in collaboration with a third party. By sharing innovative development solutions, such as knowledge, policies, technologies and resources, countries are able to overcome challenges that once seemed insurmountable. More than two decades of experience has positioned FAO as a leading player in SSTC for improved food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and rural development. By helping countries in the global South facing similar challenges to pool experiences and good practices, partnerships are being formed to advance progress in tackling global development issues together. FAO’s key role lies in matching supply and demand, and providing technical support to ensure the quality of the exchange.

Based on a selection of recent case studies where SSTC has produced impact for beneficiary countries, this brochure showcases inspiring solutions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, highlighting the potential of partnerships to address common problems.