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South-South Global Thinkers, the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for South-South Cooperation, provides an enabling environment for think tank networks from the South to produce and share relevant knowledge for sustainable development and scale up the impact of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The priority areas of research of the coalition are:

  1. SSC concepts, trends, evaluation frameworks and impact assessment
    This research area entails the development of a database and a country level data collection system based on concepts and methodologies of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.  It also identifies suitable frameworks for monitoring and evaluation.
  2. Policy coordination and legal environment for SSC
    This research area examines policy and legal environments that are enabling or hindering countries engaging in South-South and Triangular Cooperation.  It also examines interregional mechanisms and policy innovations that can be useful to countries with similar social, economic and political backgrounds.
  3. SSC in economic structural transformation
    This research area focuses on key indicators and variables of economic transformation. It includes country case studies, policy tools for economic transformation, and collaborative research on economic structural transformation with the aim to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
  4. SSC in science, technology and innovation
    This area of research identifies and assesses existing science, technology and innovation strategies and policy frameworks at national, regional and global levels. It pinpoints gaps and provides guidance and recommendations to develop and strengthen science, technology and innovation frameworks through South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
  5. South-South Trade, Investment and Financing
    This research area analyses how South-South trade, investment and financing have contributed to human development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and how they are contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.
  6. SSC delivering results for the SDGs
    This research area looks at good practices that demonstrate the contributions of South-South and Triangular Cooperation to the advancement of the SDGs and to other broader sustainable development areas. 
  7. SSC in basic infrastructure and connectivity
    This research area analyses and establishes linkages between infrastructure initiatives led by providers from the Global South and their contribution to human development and the SDGs.
  8. SSC risk management in fragile context and disaster risk management
    This research area focuses on mapping out South-South Cooperation good practices in countries facing conflict or natural disasters. It also proposes methodologies and policy tools for integrating risk management into South-South Cooperation programmes in a fragile context. 
  9. Regional/sub-regional mechanisms and neighbourhood SSC initiatives
    This research area identifies trends, strategies, modalities, as well as good practices, policy tools and institutional mechanisms that enable the upgrading of South-South Cooperation among neighboring countries.
  10. Multi-stakeholder engagement in SSC (youth, women groups, private sector, civil society, etc)
    This research area analyses how multiple stakeholder engagement in South-South Cooperation can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, especially in addressing complex challenges that require innovative solutions. It also looks at the good practices of such partnerships.