• Submitted by: Fundecooperacion para el Desarrollo Sostenible
  • Partnership scope: Global
  • Date start: 1 May 2007
  • Date end: 31 Mar 2012
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Partnership implemented in
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Costa Rica

Additional information
The value of allowing the Southern partners take ownership is reflected in the impressive results achieved by PSC to date. Only 5 years in running, and with a relatively small fund, PSC has involved over 180 organizations to achieve the following results:
? 26.706 direct beneficiaries
? 1.280 people participating in productive activities
? 477 communities benefited
? 1.533 indigenous people trained
673 new products and 179 new services developed
The results obtained by each of the projects over-achieved the indicators that were planned since the beginning of the programme. PSC has incredible results on agricultural production, sustainable and efficient production schemes, green microenterprises and green jobs, products and services; a national and international impact that transferred technologies and knowledge among developing countries, and an important advance to sustainable development efforts and an example of how this kind of partnerships can generate green economies.
Programme of South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica


Benin-Centre de Partenariat et d'Expertise pour le Développement Durable (CePED)
Bhutan - Sustainable Development Secretariat
Costa Rica -Fundecooperacion para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Partnership Overview | Objectives

In the framework of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (1992) in Rio de Janeiro, Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica separately entered into bilateral Sustainable Development Agreements (SDA) with the Kingdom of Netherlands being formalized in 1994. The Programme for South-South Cooperation between Benin, Bhutan, Costa Rica and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (henceforth PSC) grew out of those Bilateral Sustainable Development Agreements, in 2002, at the Rio+10, World Summit for Sustainable Development (Johannesburg).
In 2005, Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan came under the umbrella of S-S Cooperation, with a US$13.2 million grant from the Kingdom of Netherlands.
Purpose, goal, expected results
Specifically, PSC identified four development goals that it would work towards.
*Develop reciprocal projects that will generate knowledge and empower stakeholders.
*Mobilize national governments, the civil society, and the academic and private sectors in partner countries to renew and reinforce commitment to sustainable development.
*Contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction in partner countries, taking into account environmental, economic and cultural idiosyncrasies.
*Explore the potential of South-South partnership to promote international commitments and mutual cooperation for sustainable development and experiment with a new North ? South ? South model of development cooperation.
These goals were set around four thematic areas which included: 1) sustainable tourism, 2) sustainable production and consumption chains, 3) conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, 4) access to sustainable energy and efficient energy use. Gender equity and women empowerment was a cross-cutting theme emphasized in all PSC projects.

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