South-South Cooperation

South-South cooperation is viewed by UNDP India as a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the South to identify solutions for key development challenges. Increasingly, also it is becoming a new partnership model reflecting the new growing economies coming to the international arena and taking a larger stake in global decisions. UNDP and the Government of India have been developing a new Strategic Partnership Agreement to promote strategic engagement on south-south and trilateral partnerships. This new partnership will leverage India’s development experience and technologies to further the cause of sustainable human development in other developing countries.

Over the years, UNDP in India has been sharing with the government of India the experiences of other countries while at the same time facilitating visits of representatives from other countries to learn the rich development experiences of India. Such visits were facilitated, for example, from Pakistan on women rights, VietNam on local governance, Bangladesh on planning. This exchange of experiences has led to some programmes like the Disaster Risk Reduction and Strengthening State Plans on Human Development and the Socio-economic impact study of HIV/AIDS actually being replicated by other countries.

UNDP has widely leveraged the use of international knowledge and best practices making them available to the government decision-makers, on critical issues of cash transfers, employment guarantee schemes, right to information, inclusive growth, climate change financing, technology cooperation, and the anti – corruption bill.

Recognising that one size does not fit all and today’s development solutions can be found in many parts of the world, UNDP India supported several exchanges between India and the South in 2010. A delegation from the People’s Republic of China led by Minister of the State Council Leading Group of Poverty Alleviation and Development, Fan Xiaojian, exchanged views with senior government representatives on India’s experience with rights-based approaches to poverty reduction. The team visited a MGNREGA worksite in Rajasthan to understand the potential of the Act in encouraging rural development. A team from the Bangladesh Planning Commission led by Minister of Planning, A.K. Khandaker discussed India’s approach to planning and the possibilities of integrating human development reporting and planning in national and regional planning in Bangladesh.

The India country office facilitated several technical exchanges between Africa and India. At the request of the government of Nigeria, UNDP established contact between the Nigerian and Indian election commissions to exchange expertise and strengthen local electoral processes in Nigeria. Delegates from the Global Forum on Local Development from Uganda to India explored approaches to addressing MDGs through decentralised planning. UNDP India provided technical support to the Government of India on best practices at the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference. An interaction between Indian and Brazilian experts focused on sustainable use of medicinal and aromatic plant biodiversity and promoting traditional knowledge.

The India LDC Ministerial Conference at New Delhi in its declaration “acknowledged the need to reinvigorate the United Nations development system in supporting and promoting South-South cooperation, and to this effect urge the United Nations funds, programs and specialized agencies to take concrete measures to mainstream support for South-South and triangular cooperation to help developing countries, at their request, to develop capacities to maximize the benefits and impact of South-South and triangular cooperation in order to achieve their national development goals and internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs” .

With support from the Regional Centre, UNDP in India initiated an engagement with the Election Commission of India to share learnings on electoral experiences in other countries and support setting up of a learning resource centre at the India institute of Democracy and Electoral Management by the Election Commission of India. UNDP also facilitated the participation of the Election Commission of India in Electoral Cycle Regional Community of Practice meetings in Cairo and Manila to share experiences with participating Asian and arab countries on electoral reform and management. UNDP in india also facilitated participation of the Commission at seminars on electoral management bodies and democratic reform in Bangladesh and Mexico to discuss approaches to electoral management bodies, reform and participation, and representation of women in Parliament.

UNDP supported work on HIV sensitive social protection received international recognition. UNDP also supported NACO in moderating a regional e-discussion on social protection and enabled the Ministry of Health’s participation and dialogue with Brazil and select countries from Africa on access to treatment under TRIPS regime held alongside the Global Non-Communicable Disease Summit in New York.

GHG emissions from the brick industry account for 4.5 percent of total emissions in India. An international conference on mechanization of the brick industry supported by UNDP provided an opportunity from delegates from Bangladesh, India and Vietnam to discuss resource efficient brick making and the sustained adoption of new technologies that can enable a low carbon growth trajectory for this critical sector in developing countries.

UNDP India facilitated the participation of the MoRD at the South Asia Regional Conference on Women’s Political Leadership through Parliamentary Development in Bangladesh focused on sharing experiences in implementing MGNREGA. A mission from the Government of Vietnam visited India to review first hand, the functioning of the Backward Region Grant Fund, a scheme providing untied funds for local governance. A delegation from Iraq examined e-governance initiatives in India.

UNDP India provided technical support to Kyrgyzstan to evaluate UNDP supported DRM programmes in that country, revise the programme documents, and conceptualize a knowledge sharing platform. UNDP India’s Disaster Risk Management Programme (2002-2009) hosted 16 delegations from governments across the world to demonstrate and share knowledge and experiences on disaster risk reduction.

UNDP in India has been responding to various requests emanating from the Government of India to learn from the experiences of various countries and at the same time facilitating visits from representatives of other countries. However, responding to the urgent need to leverage India’s development experience, a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Government and UNDP has been approved by the Cabinet of the Government. This new partnership will ensure more systematic sharing of knowledge, best practices, experiences, technology and expertise to better leverage resources in response to diverse development challenges globally.

Stories of Change

India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers from the Global South

India Election Diary 2014: Himalayan Polls Inspire Senior Electoral Officers from the Global South

Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Bhutan, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda interacted with Election Officials from Himachal Pradesh, the district administration and local voters to better understand how India’s mountain state is preparing to secure the votes of 4.8 million people. more

India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, which more

India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action

India Election Diary 2014: In the Land of the Taj Mahal, India’s Democracy in Action

3.3 million people were eligible to vote in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in the sixth phase of the general elections in India. Representatives from the Election Commissions more

India Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the Elections

India Election Diary 2014: Namibia’s Electoral Team Studies the Elections

A seven member delegation from the Election Commission of Namibia visited Bangalore, Karnataka on 17 April 2014 to witness the country’s impressive election management. The visit more

Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience

Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience

Over 50 million people voted in state elections in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of 21 representatives from eight countries more


UNDP and India Sign Partnership Agreement to Further South-South Cooperation

The United Nations Development Programme and India signed a partnership agreement today intended to leverage India’s vast development experience to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and increase its role in south-south cooperation. more

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China and India: Finding Common Ground

In a unique example of South-South cooperation, a high-level delegation from China visited India to explore synergies and understand how both countries can deliver employment commensurate to rapid growth. more


UNDP-India to Explore Ways to Expand and Deepen Partnership in India and Globally

“UNDP’s partnership with India in the 21st century should also have a global dimension. India has many experiences to share and technologies available to assist other more

Projects and Initiaves
Supporting Democratic Electoral Management (September 2013 - December 2017)

The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of election management and administration with other developing countries through the Election Commission of India. It also seeks to support the newly established India International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM) as a training and resource centre to meet the demand for capacity development on electoral management from other countries.

Supporting the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) (September 2012 - August 2015)

The International Centre for Human Development supports countries of the Global South to help them incorporate human development concerns as an integral part of planning processes and policy making. The International Centre for Human Development offers high quality training and research opportunities to government officials, policy makers, academicians and other development practitioners and aims to encourage south-south dialogue and understanding on key human development issues

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