Reply to: South-South Knowledge Exchange: Development Tourism… or Real Results?
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.
Reply to: In Brazil, electricity meters transform lives and enlighten businesses
I would be interested in learning about similar opportunities in other Latin American counties. Thank you for your feedback.
Reply to: Transforming the heart of Argentina´s economic and social prosperity, its cities
Thank you. Argentina's urbanization is still at an early stage compared to USA. Might it be the case that catch up growth is shifting from mega cities into secondary cities? Are manufacturing firms in Argentina and in LAC region moving out of large metropolitan cities and into medium density locations looking for cheaper land, labor and housing, just like in USA? Will Argentina be served better if it shifts the focus of urbanization and infrastructure towards medium size cities that will sustain growth and create more new jobs?
Reply to: Bolivia’s National Research Program on Wheat: A success story of collaborative research
With rapid growth in population, the world definitely needs to grow more food relative to population growth. This will never be possible without collaborative research programs. We can only grow more food with improved seeds and a more sustainable agriculture.These all together were research driven.Research has been capital intensive and technology based,but with collaboration the outcome will be a positive one.
Reply to: Brazilian family farms go high tech
Great article on the impact of high value on the yield.