IsDB: Developing National Ecosystems for South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Achieve Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

February 2, 2021

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), based on its experiences in both field and analytical work in SSTrC and through in-depth discussions and exploration, together with its member countries, has identified the main pillars of an effective national institutional framework—or a “national ecosystem”—for SSTrC.

In order to contribute to the discussion on the importance of national ecosystems for SSTrC, the IsDB and the South Centre partnered to formulate a paper that offers an overview of the currently existing national institutional arrangements set up by developing countries for SSTrC and highlights the importance of strong national ecosystems for successful engagement in and contribution to SSTrC.

This paper takes into consideration the experiences of the countries of the South, as well as the experiences of the IsDB and the South Centre in their capacities as multilateral development institutions and think tanks addressing development concerns of their respective member countries. The paper aims to identify the good practices and lessons learned from the experiences of developing countries that could be used for strengthening national ecosystems for SSTrC.

The interactions and linkages among the pillars of currently existing national institutional arrangements for SSTrC, identified through this paper, are geared toward enhancing the SSTrC activities of developing countries, in accordance with their own national conditions, economic and social priorities, and national development strategies as a whole.