ILO Strategy on South-South & Triangular Cooperation
The ILO considers South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) a means of advancing the Decent Work Agenda and a tool for taking full advantage of the Organization‘s experience with and knowledge of its tripartite – government, workers and employers – constituents. The ILO’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation Strategy was adopted in 2012. It draws on the 2009 Nairobi Outcome document and establishes some definitions of SSTC that reflects the ILO’s particular mandate. Some key points may be highlighted:
- A development cooperation modality that supports the engagement of governments and social partners from developing countries to promote the Decent Work Agenda.
- Sharing of knowledge, good practices and experiences from the Global South, including SSTC capacity development programmes and training modalities in partnership with the ILO’s International Training Centre (ITC-ILO) in Turin.
- Embracing a multi-stakeholder approach that includes peer-learning and mutual benefit between countries of the Global South.
The adoption of ILO’s future steps recommendations in 2018, as contained in the paper ILO South–South and triangular cooperation and decent work: Recent developments and future steps, highlighted some key features of SSTC in the ILO, including: the promotion Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation and City-to-City cooperation for the decentralization of the decent work agenda. Means of actions identified focus on the documentation and dissemination of good practices; the facilitation of exchanges and peer to-peer learning approaches; knowledge sharing between the social partners and other actors through multi-stakeholder partnerships.