Bamboo & rattan for inclusive and green development

Making Triangular Development Co-op. More Effective

Striving to Help Make Triangular Development Cooperation More Effective

INBAR joins a new international working group on triangular cooperation that will bring together Governments, International Organisations, Civil Society and Private Sector Representatives to enhance and improve the effectiveness of this model of development cooperation.

Nairobi, Kenya - at the 2nd High-level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) has announced that it will join a new working group on Triangular Cooperation.

The working group, jointly proposed by Global Affairs Canada, the Government of Mexico, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and INBAR, was launched at an HLM2 side-event on “Scaling up Triangular Cooperation for the Implementation of the SDGs”.

During the side-event, INBAR presented its work on building successful triangular cooperation partnerships on bamboo sector development in East Africa. In this programme, INBAR is linking the bamboo design, standardization, and marketing intelligence of the Netherlands, one of the world’s largest bamboo importers, with China’s prowess in bamboo management and processing, to support Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda develop their local bamboo resources.

Oliver Frith, Director of Global Programme at INBAR explained “INBAR as a multilateral organisation focused on fulfilling the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, has invaluable experience to share on how to develop and scale up triangular partnerships. We also are excited to learn from others in the group to improve our own programmes.”

Through the side-event, which also showcased examples of triangular cooperation from El Salvador, Japan, and the World Food Programme, participants agreed that triangular cooperation is a small, but growing and important form of development cooperation, which has the potential to help scale up development impacts and allow for mutual learning and exchange between partners in both the global south and global north.

By the time of the next High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership in 2018, it is expected that the newly formed working group will help define international voluntary guiding principles for effective triangular cooperation, enabling the development community to maximize the comparative advantages of triangular approaches.