Digital Platforms as Tools for Enhancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation Towards the SDGs
South-South knowledge exchange has become the most important tenant and the most dynamic pillar of South-South and triangular cooperation. Developing countries are increasingly recognizing the sharing of information and good practices on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSC and TrC) as a viable pathway to address common transnational challenges and to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
However, despite continued momentum, knowledge gaps in the Global South and uneven access to solutions, expertise and resources remain major hindrances for optimizing the contribution of SSC and TrC towards the SDGs. In this context, digital transformation provides a number of powerful tools to bridge that gap, and digital platforms are offering transformational opportunities for development cooperation in the Global South. They are a cost-effective tool for enhancing South-South knowledge sharing and collaboration, addressing persistent development challenges, and increasing connectedness by opening new opportunities for business and entrepreneurial activity.
On 13 February 2020, UNOSSC, UNICEF, and the IPC-IG have co-hosted a webinar on Digital Platforms as Tools for Enhancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation Towards the SDGs. The event discussed the importance of digital platforms for strengthening South-South knowledge sharing and collaboration among Southern stakeholders and increasing the cohesiveness among UN agencies and their work. During the session, South-South Galaxy – a global AI-powered knowledge sharing and partnership brokering platform – was presented. It serves as a consolidated South-South solutions platform for Southern partners and the UN system and acts as a one-stop-shop for all partners to use. One of its distinct functions is the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
With a focus on low- and middle-income countries and South-South cooperation, socialprotection.org has become a reference in knowledge-sharing and capacity-building in the field of social protection. The member-based platform directs access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive content on the topic and promotes exchanges through collaborative tools and features. In this webinar, participants could find out more about socialprotection.org’s features, main achievements and challenges, as well as perspectives for the future.
Mr. Ian Thorpe, Chief of Learning and Knowledge Exchange, UNICEF
Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director for Programme and Operations, UNOSSC
Ms. Mariana Balboni, Senior Project Officer, IPC-IG
Ms. Martha Santos, Programme Manager, South-South/Horizontal Cooperation, UNICEF
This webinar was the sixth of the CoP-SSC4C Webinar Series, which was organised by UNICEF, UNOSSC and IPC-IG. Please join the Online Community of Practice on SSC for Children (CoP-SSC4C) if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.