Measuring the Effectiveness of South-South Co-operation


The flagship instrument of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation is its biennial monitoring exercise, which measures progress made in implementing the four internationally agreed effectiveness principles: country ownership; focus on results; inclusive partnerships; and transparency & mutual accountability. Country-specific monitoring results, along with global aggregates, provide concrete evidence that can be used to jumpstart dialogue and drive action to enhance the effectiveness development efforts.

The Global Partnership is adapting its monitoring framework to reflect the challenges and opportunities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), acknowledge the increased importance of South-South Co-operation (SSC) for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. In order for SSC resources to have a maximum impact, it is vital that they are used effectively. This sentiment was echoed in paragraph 11 of the Outcome Document of the Second High- Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), which recognises the need to enhance the development effectiveness of South-South and Triangular co-operation.

In this vein, the Global Partnership is supporting efforts spearheaded by the Government of Mexico, to develop an approach to monitor the effectiveness of SSC. This approach builds on the existing Global Partnership monitoring methodology, adjusting the indicator framework it to ensure its relevance for SSC.