About Us


Launched in 2008 as a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, the South-South Facility helps developing and emerging countries address development challenges and implementation bottlenecks. It was established to help countries do development differently. The Facility finances global knowledge exchanges that draw directly upon the expertise of developing and/or emerging countries and provides a platform for sharing lessons. As knowledge exchanges don’t happen in isolation, grants are awarded to country teams that work with the World Bank to integrate the lessons learned from the exchanges in their efforts to achieving their broader development goals. The South-South Facility also helps teams document their results and lessons learned so that other practitioners may benefit from them as well.

What we do

The SSF provides financial and technical assistance for knowledge exchanges with a focus on achieving results. As of 2018, the SSF has supported 243 knowledge exchanges involving 131 countries. The SSF provides grants for two types of knowledge exchanges: 

1. Stand-alone (just-in-time) exchanges for very agile and responsive interventions to meet immediate knowledge needs of a country, or to unlock implementation bottlenecks. 
2. Programmatic exchanges build capacity for addressing long-term strategic challenges requiring deeper engagements. These exchanges involve several countries and consist of a series of knowledge sharing interventions that build on each other over one to three years

South-South Facility Secretariat

The SSF Secretariat team in the World Bank’s Knowledge Management Unit (DECKM) is in charge of implementing the strategy adopted by the partners in 2016. Its mandates also include the management of the portfolio of active grants, support and advice to recipient teams, dissemination of results and lessons learned, reporting to partners and business development.

The Secretariat is assisted by a team of Knowledge Exchange Facilitators who are deployed to provide technical assistance to SSF grantees, and advise them on knowledge exchange design, implementation and monitoring.

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  • Laurent Porte
  • South-South Facility Program Manager

Laurent is a Knowledge and Learning Officer in the World Bank’s Knowledge Management Unit. He has over 20 years of global experience in leading development interventions in the areas of knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer learning and capacity building. He has been managing the South-South Facility since January 2017. Previously, he was supporting World Bank client institutions to strengthen their capacity to systematically capture, document and share development solutions and proven good practice for increased operational effectiveness and improved service delivery.

  • Macha Kemperman
  • Member of the SSF Secretariat

Macha is a development economist with over 12-years of experience in knowledge sharing for development. In 2017, she joined the South-South Facility Secretariat, bringing hands-on experience in program management and knowledge exchanges. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Macha worked on partnerships for the World Bank’s Water Department and the Dutch Embassy in Washington DC. She started her career in Buenos Aires where she captured and shared best-practices in microfinance for Argentina's Grameen Foundation.

  • Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Phil is a Lead Knowledge Management Specialist in the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, where he leads design and implementation of various components of the World Bank’s knowledge, learning and innovation work, including South-South knowledge exchange, Communities of Practice, and knowledge networks and partnerships. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of knowledge, learning, and advisory services, with particular emphasis on practitioner-to-practitioner and South-South knowledge exchange.

  • Twity Mueni Musuva Uzele
  • Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Twity is a Senior Knowledge and Learning Officer in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. She has over seventeen years’ experience in organizational learning, capacity development, change management and systematic organizational knowledge sharing. In addition to providing knowledge facilitation expertise in partnership with the South – South Facility, Twity supports several clients in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in their endeavor to strengthen their knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning capabilities to improve development outcomes and facilitate aspects of policy and program reforms.


  • Robertus C.J. (Robin) van Kippersluis
  • Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Robin is a Senior Knowledge and Learning Officer in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. He has over 20 years of experience leading breakthrough interventions in development; organizational strengthening; change management and; ‘contagious’ learning. At the World Bank Group, Robin works with clients around the world where adaptive solutions, partnerships and more systematic learning are required to create momentum and drive change at scale. Prior to the Bank, Robin was Chief Knowledge Management for the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF and a Manager and Deputy Director for SNV - Netherlands Development Organization in Lao PDR.


  • Emilia Galiano
  • Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Emilia is a Knowledge and Learning Officer with the World Bank Group, where she currently leads a team in charge of providing training and advisory services to the over 300 communities of practice active across the institution. For about 4 years she was also the main community manager of the internal online social collaboration: during this time she has been instrumental in promoting collaboration best practices and the adoption of the platform, achieving a monthly active membership of 12,000 staff. 

  • Dulce Govea Aguilar
  • Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Dulce is a learning specialist with the World Bank Open Learning Campus team. She has more than 12 years of experience in project management of learning and knowledge management programs on international development topics. She has been learning specialist in the Open Learning Campus since 2015. Previously, she implemented projects to create the Regional Knowledge Network EducaSTEAM at the Organization of American States and the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network at the National Electoral Institute of Mexico; these international networks have the main objective to strengthen institutional capacity in their respective areas of work and systematically capture, package and share knowledge.