ITALY, November 30, 2015.
PROCASUR believes that viable solutions are already available to fight rural poverty in the Global South and that the fastest way to scale them up is through the exchange of practitioners. Time, practice and years of fieldwork have made PROCASUR understand the importance of local champions in rural development investments and advocate in favour of their inclusion.
PROCASUR, was pleased to attend the IFAD roundtable discussion “Leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation (SSC) to achieve results” held in Rome on the 07 of July 15. The roundtable was attended by a number of representatives from several international and research organizations working on SSC. In the roundtable discussion, Ariel Halpern, Vice President of PROCASUR, highlighted PROCASUR as a son or a daughter of South-South cooperation, since in the last 20 years the corporation, has been working mainly with IFAD’s operations in the field promoting south-south cooperation, by listening to practitioners on their demand for practical and innovative solutions to reduce rural poverty.
PROCASUR document and disseminate local knowledge and innovations, which already work and exist on the ground. We choose to document who is the owner of the knowledge and how this knowledge can be alive and a source of income for the local champions. The Learning Route is one of the methodologies developed by Procasur to promote South-South Cooperation through knowledge sharing and scaling up of innovations at field level. They have demonstrated to be an effective tool to bring changes and innovations from practitioners to practitioners and from one country to another in the global south. One of the results of the work PROCASUR has done with IFAD was the strengthening of IFAD project staff capacities on the ground to bring changes. The meeting was a very fruitful opportunity to share experiences and perspectives on SSC amongst different actors.
The report presents Proceedings of the IFAD Roundtable Discussion.