The world is full of knowledge and skills. Through mutual exchanges, we teach each other to think bigger, live more sustainably, and build responsible local communities.
Approach to South-South & Triangular Cooperation
Norec (Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation) is an executive body under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norec facilitates the mutual exchange of personnel in organisations, companies, and institutions in 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Norway. Norec supports both North-South/South-North and South-South/Triangular cooperation projects. South-South cooperation has been embedded in Norec’s development strategy since 2001 and is now a substantial part of Norec’s projects.
Norec’s exchange model is based on reciprocity and mutual learning. South-South & Triangular partnerships may often be the most fruitful ones, as the challenges facing the partners may be more similar than in a North-South partnership. Norec finds that it may therefore be easier to localise learning points and to benefit from South-South projects.
South-South & Triangular Cooperation is shaped on the terms of the Global South. It is Norec’s experience that South-South partners have good prerequisites for mutual understanding of problems, possibilities, cultural and administrative conditions.