South-South Ideas: Post-COVID-19 Socioeconomic Policy Responses and South-South Cooperation Opportunities in the Andean Region

October 31, 2023

This South-South Ideas Paper was developed by Grupo Faro (Ecuador) and Fundación Aru (Bolivia) under the South-South Global Thinkers initiative. The initiative aims to inform policy dialogues and agenda-setting on South-South cooperation by scaling up its impact in the implementation of the SDGs.

This South-South Ideas paper analyses the socio-economic policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Andean region, emphasizing the role of South-South cooperation (SSC) and its potential to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable recovery. It focuses on the key policy measures implemented in the region in the employment and social protection sectors, further analysing the experiences of Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru.

The research followed a qualitative methodology using mainly secondary sources of information. It included a systematic review of public policy documents, official statistics and budget reports, among other documents available online that allow the actions of governments to be studied, as well as the role of SSC. Primary sources complemented the findings where gaps in the information were identified. Thus, a total of 17 interviews with stakeholders from international organizations and experts in SSC are included.