EVENT: The Role of South-South Cooperation in Conflict Affected and Fragile Contexts

South-South Global Thinkers Team

Over 1.5 billion people currently live in conflict-affected fragile states and due to the recurring conflicts across many countries, there needs to be a renewed focus on providing support to conflict-affected countries to prevent, manage and resolve conflict.

Many countries from the Global South have evolved into democracies and possess unique experience and may serve as models for countries in transition or facing conflict. They are eager to assist those countries and have provided support to peacebuilding activities, particularly in the complex task of building state capacity.

Conflict-affected states are best positioned to learn from one another about these hard-won experiences and collectively advocate for tailored policies in their special contexts, with a stronger sense of solidarity and a common voice in the international community.

South-South Cooperation (SSC) is of strategic relevance to the countries in fragile contexts as it can deliver important development results.

This event will discuss how peacebuilding good practices can be replicated through SSC. It is an opportunity for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange ideas, viable models in peacebuilding and share their perspectives, innovative solutions and contextual initiatives in addressing fragility and preventing conflict on various national, local, and community levels.

During the event, UNDP and Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) network will formalize their collaborative partnership with the South-South Global Thinker: The Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for SSC, a joint initiative with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

This partnership aims to deepen SSC through joint research and analysis, policy dialogue and advocacy, mobilization of partnership and resources, and building and sharing knowledge on issues relating to SSC in conflict affected and fragile contexts along with other research topics that will advance the SSC agenda for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


For more information on the event, kindly contact Shams Banihani, Policy Analyst on South-South Cooperation, at shams.banihani@undp.org.