South-South and Triangular Cooperation as a key priority for Indonesia

Written by IFAD's South-South and Triangular Cooperation team

South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) is a key priority area for the Government of Indonesia as a tool for learning from others and as a mechanism for sharing the country's considerable experience, technology and solutions.

In the context of the new COSOP (Country Strategic Opportunities Programme) cycle, with a view to responding to the institutional target of IFAD10 to include an articulated approach to South-South andTriangular Cooperation (SSTC) in at least 50 per cent of all COSOPs, the IFAD SSTC team visited IFAD's Indonesia country office in July, to explore strategic opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the Government and other stakeholders, develop partnerships, and engage in dialogue and policy platforms. 

In addition, the country office will  also explore opportunities to enhance its financial and human resource base in order to further strengthen IFAD's support to the Government and the country programme and drive a monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and innovation agenda. The outcomes of the mission will inform the development of a proposed IFAD-Indonesia SSTC partnership during the 2016-2019.

During the mission, the Government of Indonesia reaffirmed its interest in developing SSTC initiatives, and showcasing successful experiences and lessons from IFAD. The Government's approach to SSTC over the short and medium term, will focus on productive capacity, agriculture, food and rural development strategies.

The IFAD delegation also met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on the Government's on-going efforts to design and launch a single agency for coordinating and delivering development cooperation activities.

Other Entities as BAPPENAS participated in the initiative to share Indonesia's experience and to strengthen and learn from others in key areas of development and to increase its capacity to implement SSTC.

The delegation also met with other United Nations agencies, such as FAO, WFP and UNDP, as well as Regional Development Banks such as ADB and IDB, discussing the Government’s interest in developing knowledge products, in particular analysis and policy research products.

Conclusions and recommended steps to follow:
Field visits to Indonesia were made to observe innovative rural solutions developed via IFAD's Coastal Community Development Project(CCDP) for future replication in other countries and to observe the successful experiences and lessons learned. The mission's findings will be used to refine and support the implementation of the SSTC component in the upcoming Indonesia COSOP .
To this end, the SSTC team will prepare a short proposal for the Government outlining concrete actions and activities for developing an IFAD-Indonesia SSTC partnership.