South-South and Triangular Cooperation

How-To Guide: SSTC and Decent Work

In line with the strategy of the ILO for South-South and triangular cooperation and its outcomes, this How-to Guide aims at helping practitioners better understand South-South and triangular cooperation. It is mainly targeted at the United Nations system and the ILO’s tripartite constituency, with a focus on the staff who will be applying this tool in their operational programmes.

The Guide also targets the UN organizations, since working together in a more decentralised and horizontal manner is an organisational challenge for many UN agencies, including the ILO. It explains in a practical way the definition of South-South and triangular cooperation, its main principles, the differences between South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, the process that should be followed to implement projects in a South-South and triangular framework, and the actors involved. There is also a section on “Do’s and Don’ts” which will help improve understanding of their basic characteristics and apply their principles in practice.