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World Bank South-South Facility

Launched in October 2008 as a multi-donor trust fund, the South-South Experience Exchange Facility (South-South Facility or SSF) enables the sharing of development experiences and knowledge among World Bank Group client countries by funding knowledge exchange activities. The South-South Facility funds these knowledge exchanges based on demand expressed by the knowledge-recipient countries. They are designed with a focus on achieving results.

Over the past nine years, the South-South Facility has supported knowledge exchanges among World Bank client countries and tracked early results shortly after these exchanges were completed. The Facility’s long-term impact, however, can only be assessed several years after the peer learning activities took place, and it has not been documented before. In 2017, the SSF Secretariat reached out to selected past beneficiaries of SSF grants to take stock of long-term effects of South-South knowledge exchanges that were carried out four to seven years ago. This exercise generated strong evidence of the development impact of South-South peer learning, and showed how learning from peers inspired local decision makers to take action. It demonstrated that development practitioners are more likely to adopt best-practices from other countries once they have seen with their own eyes how these practices are working successfully in comparable contexts. Consequently, the insights gained during South-South knowledge exchanges were adapted, tested and then adopted into ongoing and new investment projects. As such, the South-South Facility grants are leveraging billions of dollars of World Bank’s investment lending in client countries.

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World Bank South-South Facility Contacts

Laurent Porte
South-South Facility Program Manager

(+1) 202 458 1793
lporte@worldbank.org
southsouthfacility@worldbank.org

World Bank South-South Facility Contacts

Laurent Porte
South-South Facility Program Manager

(+1) 202 458 1793
southsouthfacility@worldbank.org