Articulação SUL’s mission is to promote and support South-South cooperation initiatives aimed at building more just, equitable and sustainable societies; and to contribute to an international system committed to socio-cultural diversity and the emergence of alternative development paradigms.
We hope to inspire emancipatory policies and practices, through research, public debate and engagement with different actors.
Monitoring and Measuring of South-South Cooperation Flows in Brazil
Information transparency is a key element for Brazil’s South-South cooperation initiatives to garner national support and legitimacy and for the country to be accountable to its partners and to society. Due to this, the first edition of "Briefing" points a new debate: use of public information systems to understand and make visible Brazilian South-South cooperation. Data, nowaday available for public consultation are sufficient? Measuring initiatives of South-South cooperation circumscribe singularities of Brazilian proceedings? To what extent is possible the use of budgetary informations in order to complement these efforts?
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Articulating Resistances at Global South: experiences from peasant movements, rural unions and non-governamental organizations
This publication identify and discuss the transnational experiences of Brazilian social actors related to agrarian and agrofood system issues, as peasant movements, rural unions and non-governamental organizations. The following movements and organizations were partners of this process: Farmer Women Movement (MMC), Small Farmer Movement (MPA), National Confederation of Agriculture Workers (CONTAG), FASE, INESC, IBASE (NGO’s), the Brazilian Network of Environment Justice and Brazilian Forum of Food Security and Sovereignty (FBSSAN). This study was supported by Oxfam Brazil.
POMEROY, Melissa; SILVA, Daniel Martins. Articulating Resistances at Global South: experiences from peasant movements, rural unions and non-governamental organizations. São Paulo: Oxfam Brazil, 2017.
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Overview of Monitoring International Development Cooperation Flows: opportunities and challenges for building a Brazilian methodology
This report presents and discuss the main contemporary methodologies of measurement on international cooperation for development (including North-South and South-South cooperation). Aiming to build a monitoring system for international development flows through public budget were raised the main characteristics, critics and discussions about this methodologies. We focus on three central points: modalities (nature of the flows); instruments (mechanisms of which cooperation is developed) and unity of measurement (which indicators are used for measurement). The research was supported by Oxfam Brazil.
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SILVA, Daniel Martins; SUYAMA, Bianca; POMEROY, Melissa; SANTOS, Vinicius Sousa dos. Overview of monitoring international development cooperation flows: opportunities and challenges for building a Brazilian methodology. São Paulo: Articulação Sul, 2016.
Evaluation and monitoring of Centre of Excellence against Hunger
The Centre of Excellence against Hunger, a partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP/UN) and the Brazilian government was created to strengthen national capacities and knowledge on sustainable school feeding models, and to support national governments in the design, management and expansion of national home-grown, nutritious, sustainable school feeding programmes, integrated with social protection and inclusion. By means of a Programme for Capacity Development, CEAH provides advice on policies and programmes, technical assistance, training and learning opportunities. It also seeks to disseminate ideas, concepts and best practices for overcoming hunger through the promotion of global forums for advocacy and policy dialogue. The project, carried out in partnership with MOVE Social, is centered on two main objectives:
- To conduct an impact evaluation of the CEAH’s interventions and approaches.
- To support the CEAH in strengthening its M&E system, including its processes and tools.
Network of Southern Think Tanks
Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST) was created to provide answers, from the South, to the need to build a global plataform to analyse, monitor and account South-South cooperation, as well as to share knowlegde and consolidate common positions among partners to subsidize their participation in global forums on international development issues. The following comprise its international secretariat: IPEA/Brazil, China Agriculture University/China, Regional Information Systems for Developing Countries/ India and South African Institute for International Affairs/South Africa.
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Learning Flexibility: Complexity, Innovation & Inter-Urban Knowledge Transfer
A three year reseach project that applies an interdisciplinary case study approach to examine relationships between current and future urban complexity and vulnerability and innovative solutions that emerge in response. We examine how both infrastructures and institutions are affected by 3 thematic pillars: (i) energy; (ii) governance and participation; and (iii) the environment. Our research is organized in 3 work packages on urban challenges, innovative solutions, and inter-urban knowledge exchange.
We conduct initial stakeholder and issue mapping to develop a conceptual framework, and undertake comparative desk and field based qualitative case studies, including interviews with key stakeholders; user-group surveys; and participant observation. We collaborate with local and international stakeholders across, cities, sectors and approaches. We derive lessons and practices from case studies and develop a methodology and toolkit to facilitate transfer of lessons between cities, and develop networks between global urban stakeholders.
The host institution is the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), with researchers from Energiråd Innlandet, the University of Oslo, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), SINTEF – all Noewegean, and Articulação SUL.
International social protection policy transfer: emerging issues for Brazilian South-South cooperation
During the last two decades, several developing countries governments began to introduce or enlarge social protection instruments, often incorporating ideas promoted by international actors. Some Brazilian policies have gained prominence in this context and they have been disseminated and transferred to other Southern countries. The paper works with transfer and policy diffusion literature and it argues that object and arrangements from Brazilian cooperation provide contributions from different natures for the expansion of social protection policies in other contexts. To operate the analysis, two instruments of Fome Zero Strategy, namely, conditional cash transfer and local public procurement, are presented.
Authors: Melissa Pomeroy and Bianca Suyama
Paper elaborated for the “International Seminar on Policy Diffusion”, presented by Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and held on 9-11 may, 2016.
Triangular cooperation in social protection: lessons from Brazil for the 2030 agenda
This paper, commissioned by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), aims to explore the lessons learned through Brazilian TrC in social protection and their potential contribution to the 2030 agenda. The first section of the paper briefly describes the evolution of the social protection debate in development cooperation, followed by overall picture of Brazilian TrC. The third section presents the three initiatives: the Purchase for Africa from Africans, the World Without Poverty Platform and the Programme to eradicate child labour. The final section concludes by putting forward possible contributions of Brazilian TrC in social protection to the 2030 agenda.
Authors: Bianca Suyama, Marina Caixeta and Gustavo Macedo
Suyama, B; Caixeta, M; and G. Macedo (2016) Triangular cooperation in social protection and food security: lessons from Brazil for the post 2015 agenda. UN SSC Discussion paper. New York: UNDP.
Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms for South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Lessons from Brazil for the 2030 Agenda
This paper, commissioned by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and developed by Articulação Sul, Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas Aplicadas (IPEA), Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI) and BRICS Policy Center (BPC), aims to (a) map out what has been done so far in M&E by the institutions executing SSDC/TrC in the country; (b) understand how the main stakeholders perceived Brazilian SSC/TrC M&E and particularly its conception and application of SSC principles, measuring process, results and impact, innovative approaches; (c) analyse lessons to inform policies and practices of the development community; and (d) contribute to global initiatives and debates that aim to build better M&E frameworks for SSDC/TrC, including efforts promoted by the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST).
Articulação Sul, IPEA, CEBRI, BRICS Policy Center. Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms for South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Lessons from Brazil for the 2030 Agenda. New York, UNDP, 2016
UNICEF Brazil Trilateral South-South Cooperation: Lessons Learned and Recommendations
This study systematize key lessons from UNICEF Brazil’s experiences and seeks to support knowledge sharing and improve UNICEF’s understanding of the strategic value of SSC. Articulação SUL was hired to: (1) review key UNICEF documents related to their TSSC work; (2) revise and complement sections drafted by UNICEF Brazil; (3) analyse the transcripts of the interviews carried out by UNICEF Brazil; (4) systematize the main progress results and lessons learned, based on the above; and (5) add an external perspective to the study. UNICEF Brazil’s SSC Unit provided guidance and feedback throughout the process.
Authors: Bianca Suyama, Michelle Barron
Reference: Suyama, B., Barron, Michelle. Trilateral South-South Cooperation: Lessons Learned and Recommendations. UNICEF, September, 2016.
Areas of work
To ensure that South-South Cooperation policies and practices are informed by empirical evidence, we promote research and analysis; monitoring and evaluation of cooperation programs and projects; studies on emancipatory practices; and facilitation of learning processes.
To ensure a broad, diverse and informed public debate on IDC, we support research and analysis dissemination; facilitation of training and discussion spaces; participation and engagement in networks and forums.
Brazil has a rich repertoire of knowledge and practices that may constitute a distinctive quality of south-south cooperation, therefore, we support the systematization of experiences and we collaborate with other organizations in their international engagement.