Thank you, Igor, for this thought-provoking post. The World Bank Group and the international development community consider South-South Knowledge Exchange to be an effective instrument to accelerate development processes, helping to get better results faster by inspiring and equipping change agents with successful experiences from peer countries and institutions. The use of SSKE in a WB project cycle allows for:
• Faster project preparation
• Consensus and coalition building
• Overcoming implementation bottlenecks
• Facilitating transfer of operational lessons learned
However, experience shows that for SSKE to yield tangible results and be really transformative, they need to be well designed and implemented. How can we make sure that SSKEs produce maximum impact? It is with this goal in mind that, one year ago, the South-South Facility was restructured to focus on results, through increased attention to design and implementation.
With an integrated knowledge sharing approach, the South-South Facility now goes beyond raising awareness and focuses on supporting our clients to find and implement solutions that work.
Overt the past few years, the World Bank has developed a range of tools and services that are now being used within the scope of knowledge exchanges funded under the South-South Facility to make the transfer, the acquisition and the creation of new knowledge effective and efficient, and thereby to enhance the quality and impact of SSKEs, making sure they lead to the replication of good practice.