Impact Assessment on South-South Cooperation Initiatives for the Inter-Ministerial Conference on SSTrC

Nawra Mehrin • 24 September 2018

In the discourse of South-South Cooperation, evaluation is often a contentious issue in relation to “on whose terms and for what purpose.” Despite the subtle difference between evaluation and impact assessments in the SSC discourse, impact assessments seem to be more acceptable to many Southern partners, especially with the Sustainable Development Goals providing a clear common vision for the world.

Despite the ongoing dialogues, debates and the existing technical challenges, practitioners and academics are actively identifying approaches and proposing framework for SSC evaluations and impact assessments. With the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) scheduled to be held in March 2019, the issue of impact assessments/measuring the success of South-South cooperation initiatives is very much at the forefront of global discussions. The platform will invite discussions on possible frameworks and approaches for impact assessments, and how best can institutions at global, regional and country level support advancement of the impact of South-South and triangular cooperation to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.