SOUTH-SOUTH FACILITY RESULTS STORIES

In ten years of operations, the South-South Facility has supported more than 240 knowledge exchanges between more than 100 developing and emerging countries.

The lessons learned from these exchanges have been captured and documented in more than 170 Results Stories which constitute the SSF Knowledge Exchange Library.

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September 29, 2011
Lessons Spread to Combat Malnutrition in Central America
Chronic malnutrition, or stunting, is a serious problem in Central America. Stunting rates in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama are greater than 20 percent and the cost of malnutrition in these countries is estimated to range from 2.3 to 11.4 percent of GDP.1 A growing number of studies show that community-based growth Read More
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December 15, 2011
Improving Road Maintenance in Vietnam
To address rising road maintenance costs and improve road safety, Vietnamese officials sought cost-effective ways to maintain Vietnam’s roads, such as the introduction of Performance Based-Contracts (PBCs). Read More
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October 15, 2012
Improving accounting education in Moldova: Learning from the Romanian experience
Moldova recognized a need to modernize its accounting and auditing education curriculum and professional development as part of a national effort to improve corporate reporting and macro-economic stability. Read More
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June 17, 2013
Strengthening Decentralization and Local Governance in the State of Kerala in India
What was the objective of the South-South exchange? What has happened so far? What results have been achieved? Read More
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January 13, 2014
Improving Disaster Risk Management in Honduras. Incorporating risk management into land use planning: A study tour with Colombi
Honduras sought to minimize the adverse impacts of natural disasters by including disaster risk management (DRM) and environmental considerations into overall development and land use planning at the national, regional, and local levels. Read More
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August 01, 2014
Strengthening Municipal Financing Mechanisms in Tajikistan
Following its independence in 1991, Tajikistan went through a devastating, six-year-long civil war, which left the country financially strained. Read More
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January 28, 2009
Supporting National Road Infrastructure Planning in the South Caucasus
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are investing heavily in their transport sectors, which will help stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. Read More
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July 15, 2009
Moldova Builds Capacity to Align with EU Corporate Financial Reporting Standards
The government of Moldova has been pursuing reforms to strengthen corporate financial reporting (CFR) since the mid-1990s, but by mid 2009 the system still had shortcomings.  The GOM did not have a clear understanding of key sections of the Country Action Plan (CAP) for reforming corporate financial reporting that the World Bank had helped creat Read More
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November 01, 2010
Achieving Carbon Neutrality in the Maldives by Improving Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs
As part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality and mitigate against climate change threats, the Government of the Maldives began to modernize its fragmented, inefficient, and carbon-based electricity generation capabilities. Read More
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May 31, 2011
Ghanaian Women Farmers Partner with Indian Counterparts to Improve Production and Marketing of Shea Nuts
The Ghanaian PagSung Shea Butter and Shea Nut Pickers Association wanted to increase their production, processing, and export of shea nuts. Read More
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August 15, 2017
Coding Bootcamps for Women in Pakistan
Employing women in the digital economy is a significant step in ensuring inclusiveness. In Pakistan, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2017, women make 25.7% of the whole labor force, but this number is much lower in the tech sector, only 14%, as per a study conducted by P@SHA1 in 2012. Read More
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September 29, 2011
Enhancing South-South Cooperation to Reduce Urban Poverty
In 2003, India, Brazil, and South Africa signed a Trilateral Agreement (IBSA) establishing a mechanism for South-South cooperation among these countries and other developing nations to advance inclusive sustainable development and to counter marginalization. Read More
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February 01, 2012
Social Inclusion through Sports and Physical Culture in Russia
Since Russia's transition from a planned to a market economy over two decades ago, economic growth has been steady and GDP per capita has increased threefold – yet inequality has also risen significantly.  Looking for ways to reduce inequality and social exclusion, Russian authorities chose sports as a powerful mobilizer and vehicl Read More
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December 16, 2012
Strengthening Bolivia’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation System with Learning from Argentina and Uruguay
To increase its limited knowledge, skills, and implementation know-how with regards to science, technology, and innovation (STI) systems, the Government of Bolivia engaged in an exchange with the more experienced Argentina and Uruguay. Read More
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July 01, 2013
Expanding Capacity in Central Asian Countries for the Application of New Energy and Power Technologies
To provide access to more reliable, sustainable energy and power sources, representatives of five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) participated in an exchange with India. Read More
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January 06, 2014
Establishing a Municipal Development Fund for Enhanced Financing of Infrastructure: Vietnam-Colombia Exchange
To strengthen municipal infrastructure financing as part of a larger urban development plan, Vietnam participated in an exchange with Colombia. The Vietnamese learned about the institutional, legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks of municipal development funds (MDFs). Read More
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July 23, 2014
Expanding Internet access in the Kyrgyz Republic
A fundamental prerequisite for successfully growing an economy today is affordable, efficient, and widespread access to Internet services. But many countries are still in the process of creating the necessary foundations for transitioning to an information society. Read More
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March 11, 2009
Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, and Mexico Work Together to Strengthen Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programs
Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have improved the lives of millions of poor households across the region by improving children’s education and health (human capital), reducing poverty, and ensuring a minimum income for the poorest households. Read More
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September 14, 2009
Learning from Experience with Small-scale Irrigation in West Africa
Most West African farmers need to reduce their reliance on the region’s erratic rainfall patterns if they want to increase crop yields and diversify from traditional commodity production. Read More
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November 08, 2010
Congo Learns about Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Service Contracts in Water and Sanitation
Despite having the mighty Congo River—the third largest in the world—along its entire Eastern border, Congo lacks a proper water infrastructure; as a result nearly three quarters of Congo’s urban population has no access to clean water. Read More
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April 29, 2015
Environmental Regulation in India’s Odisha State
In 1995, with technical assistance from the World Bank, Indonesia introduced its Program for Pollution Control Evaluation and Rating (PROPER), the first such environmental rating and disclosure (ERD) initiative in the developing world. Read More
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August 15, 2017
Conducting Procurement Post Review of World Bank Funded Projects in Vietnam
In the light of rapid economic growth and increasing investments, the Inspectorate Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPII) faced challenges arising from an increased workload as well as integrity issues including fraud and corruption. Read More
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October 30, 2014
Knowledge Sharing and Experience Exchange on the Optimal Utilization and Management of External Financing for Development
In 1995, with technical assistance from the World Bank, Indonesia introduced its Program for Pollution Control Evaluation and Rating (PROPER), the first such environmental rating and disclosure (ERD) initiative in the developing world. Read More
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October 03, 2011
Strengthening Community Justice Systems in Melanesia
Effective and transparent dispute resolution systems are prerequisites to the inclusive development of the South Pacific countries of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Besides formal courts, these countries support community justice systems, which blend state and non-state processes and integrate customary law and lay persons as decision-makers. Read More
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February 13, 2012
Strengthening Social Protection in South Sudan
The Government of South Sudan sought to reduce poverty and food insecurity, which had persisted through years of social conflict.  Authorities prioritized improving social protection policies and initiatives, including programs providing Cash Transfers (CT) to vulnerable households. Read More
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November 22, 2012
Building the Capacity of Caribbean Countries to Protect and Promote Nutrition of Mothers and Children during Crises
Several Caribbean countries face similar challenges including inadequate policies, interventions, and systems to protect the most vulnerable from the irreversible effects of recurring crises impacting the health and nutrition status of mothers and children. Grenada, Haiti, Dominica, St. Lucia, and St. Read More
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June 17, 2013
Implementing Multidimensional Measures of Well-being in Bolivia: Learning from Bhutan, Ecuador, and Mexico
The Exchange gathered experts from Bhutan, Ecuador, and Mexico to share knowledge with Bolivian government officials on “measuring” the concept of buen vivir (literally, living well) across monetary and nonmonetary dimensions of social development. Read More
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January 17, 2014
Building Efficient Municipal Enterprises for Better Delivery of Basic Public Services in Quito, Ecuador
The commitment of the Metropolitan Municipality of Quito (MMQ) to provide access to adequate sustainable public services has been undermined by its inefficient and financially dependent enterprises. Read More
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August 15, 2014
Increasing Tax Revenues and Transparency in Bangladesh
Tax reforms are demanding :Taxes are known for being one of “life’s certainties” but yet a difficult subject that generally raises strong views and negative sentiments. Read More
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March 23, 2009
Developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Industrial Clusters in Africa
After learning about the success of East Asian countries in developing their economies and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) through Special Economic Zones (SEZ), many African governments wanted to use the same strategy to improve their economic performance. Read More
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October 01, 2009
Enhancing Capacity to Diversify the Mongolian Economy
Mongolia has successfully transitioned from a centrally planned to a market economy but remains overly dependent on its mining industries. Read More
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January 01, 2011
Strengthening Natural Resource Revenue Management and Lowering Volatility in Papua New Guinea
To decrease the negative effects of economic volatility induced by fluctuations in commodity prices and to improve management of natural resource revenues, Papua New Guinea wanted to learn international best practices through exchanges with other developing countries. Read More
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May 08, 2015
Promoting Accountable and Inclusive Institutions in Paraguay: Learning from Access to Information in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay
With Paraguay’s Access to Information (ATI) Law recently approved, coordination of its implementation fell under the responsibility of the ATI Directorate of Paraguay. In order to address capacity gaps, this knowledge exchange with agencies from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay enabled the ATI Directorate to learn good practices. Read More
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September 15, 2017
Urban and tourism development in Albania and Georgia
The main objective of this grant was a knowledge exchange between the Albanian Development Fund (ADF), the Project Implementation Unit of the Project for Integrated Urban and Tourism Development (PIUTD) in Albania as well as the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the PIUTD, which is part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, and the Muni Read More
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October 18, 2018
Managing Traffic Signals to Alleviate Traffic and Reduce Pollution in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is still using hand signals at nearly all traffic intersections. To reduce pollution and manage heavy traffic, DMP and agencies related to transport needed to learn to appreciate and finish implementation of a basic traffic signal system for key intersections throughout the city. Read More
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October 11, 2011
Improving Treasury Operations in the Philippines
Weaknesses in public financial management (PFM), such as fragmented public accounts and inadequate capacity in budget monitoring and execution, posed risks to governance and anti-corruption efforts in the Philippines. Read More
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March 26, 2012
Strengthening Open Government in Tunisia
In the wake of the Jasmine revolution, the Government of Tunisia made it a priority to improve government accountability and openness.  One way it sought to do so was through information and communication technologies (ICT). In 2011, the Government considered joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Read More
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January 13, 2013
Learning Innovative Participatory Approaches in Addressing Informal Settlement Issues
The Government of Bangladesh recognized a need to ensure secure and affordable housing options for its urban poor at a time of rapid urban expansion. Toward this objective, the Government moved to develop a national framework for providing housing and shelter options for the urban poor and most vulnerable. Read More
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July 01, 2013
Building Skills for e-Procurement in Tajikistan
The Government of Tajikistan wanted to keep up with the growth of e-governance as well as reform its public procurement system. Through the exchange with Malaysia, experts from Tajikistan learned about the importance of improving efficiency and transparency in the public procurement process. Read More
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March 01, 2014
Strengthening Management of State-Owned Enterprises in Bolivia
What was the objective of the South-South exchange? : The Bolivian Government sought to improve the management and regulation of state-owned enter­prises (SOE), which provide services in key sectors such as energy, transport, and communication. Boliv­ian officials approved in 2013 a Public Corporation Law establishing a legal framework for state- Read More
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