The recent report of the Secretary-General on the Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Development notes that South-South cooperation is being increasingly mainstreamed in the work and agendas of United Nations development agencies, funds and programmes. The report concluded that “The work of the United Nations should primarily focus on national capacity development in priority areas through facilitating intra- and interregional knowledge-sharing, engaging countries in difficult development circumstances with those that have acquired higher technological and other capacities in mutually beneficial exchanges. The United Nations system should support South-South and triangular cooperation primarily from the regional perspective, by linking national centres of excellence, bringing in global normative expertise corresponding to the respective mandates of the United Nations funds, programmes and agencies, and exercising political neutrality in responding to local sensitivities, thus promoting subregional and regional integration processes.”
UN Women in LAC has a history of supporting South-South Cooperation (SSC) as a strategy for knowledge sharing among its partners; to support regional networks to enhance policy advocacy efforts around common positions; and for providing support to regional intergovernmental and economic integration institutions. With the expansion of SSC as an increasingly important strategy for international development cooperation, for example as acknowledged in the Outcome Document of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, as well as the continuous strengthening of both regional and international alliances to advance SSC, in which LAC countries play a significant role, UN Women will develop a strategy to make SSC a more explicit focus of its own work – cutting across multiple thematic areas.
The strategy will contain the following broad components:
Promoting effective practices of UN Women and partners through SSC:
- Review of past experience in supporting SSC efforts on part of UN Women in LAC, as a foundation upon which to build future efforts – including identifying gaps to be filled.
- Review of current programmatic efforts that would benefit from the incorporation of an SSC focus, or that have produced lessons that can be transferred to other contexts.
- Identification of potential “champions”, particularly among government partners demonstrating strong national ownership of results as potential conduits for transfer of knowledge related to promising practices.
- Identification of global and regional events (e.g. Global South-South Expo) to showcase promising practices.
- Identify opportunities for UN Women to use its brokering role to encourage SSC among government and other partners as a means to transfer successful programmatic experiences and technical expertise.
Recommendations for mainstreaming an SSC focus as a UN Women programming strategy:
- Supporting networking, policy advocacy and capacity development for gender equality through strategic partnerships:
Review of UN Women support to relevant networks at the regional level and identification of opportunities to strengthen platforms for advocacy.
Review of existing partnerships with regional inter-governmental/ economic integration organizations, and unmet opportunities within the region to strengthen UN Women cooperation and support.
Review of International SSC organizations (BRICS, etc) to identify opportunities to influence SSC policies/ practices to be more gender responsive, in particular those aspects focused on economic cooperation.
- Identification of potential sources from which to mobilize resources to support UN Women SSC work.
- Recommendation on the use of SSC as a means to scale up support and boost efforts in financing for gender equality.
Sources of information include desk reviews of UN Women reports, programme documents and evaluations; external publically available information related to relevant organizations engaged in SSC, including UN partners; UN reports and resolutions on SSC; select interviews with UN Women staff, partners; external SSC stakeholders.
Under the supervision of the Regional Director, the Consultant will be responsible for the following:
- Analysis and of trends, opportunities and challenges
- Consultations with key stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partner.
- Four year regional strategy for UN Women in LAC on South-South Cooperation for Gender Equality .