The World Bank Group and the international development community consider that knowledge sharing is an effective catalyst for accelerating development processes.

Learning from peers is often far more convincing and powerful than learning from books or theoretical experts. It provides decision-makers with practical insights about approaches that work, and pitfalls to avoid. At the political level, peer-learning inspires leaders to implement reforms, while at the technical level it allows for exchanging practical ‘how-to’ knowledge for solving problems. Knowledge sharing is an important building block towards achieving the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Launched in October 2008 as a multi-donor trust fund, the South-South Experience Exchange Facility (South-South Facility or SSF) enables the sharing of development experiences and knowledge among World Bank Group client countries by funding knowledge exchange activities. The South-South Facility funds these knowledge exchanges based on demand expressed by the knowledge-recipient countries. They are designed with a focus on achieving results.

Knowledge flows supported by the South-South Facility

SOUTH-SOUTH FACILITY: AN INTEGRATED KNOWLEDGE SHARING APPROACH

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RESULTS

South-South Facility Results Stories

The lessons learned from SSF-funded knowledge exchanges are captured in Results Stories that illustrate the potential of South-South peer learning to address development challenges and implementation bottlenecks and highlight the World Bank’s role as a global knowledge connector.

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Development Outcome Stories

Since 2008, the South-South Facility has supported over 200 knowledge exchanges among World Bank client countries. Many of these exchanges informed policy making and influenced project implementation. To take stock of the long-term development impact of the South-South Facility, the Secretariat prepares Development Outcome Stories. They show how South-South peer learning can inspire decision makers and development practitioners, and provide evidence of how SSF funding leverages billions of dollars in development investment around the world.

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  • Improving Urban Transport in Vietnam

    Improving Urban Transport in Vietnam

  • Strengthening National Nutrition Program in West Africa

    Strengthening National Nutrition Program in West Africa

  • Improving Nutrition Services in Madagascar

    Improving Nutrition Services in Madagascar

  • Knowledge Exchange on School Principal Training in LAC Region

    Knowledge Exchange on School Principal Training in LAC Region

  • Améliorer les services de nutrition à Madagascar [FRENCH]

    Améliorer les services de nutrition à Madagascar [FRENCH]

  • Improving Shade-Grown Coffee Cultivation in Burundi

    Improving Shade-Grown Coffee Cultivation in Burundi

  • Indigenous Land Rights in Honduras

    Indigenous Land Rights in Honduras