UNESCO promotes South-South cooperation as a means to encourage progress towards the EFA goals.
This cooperation encourages the sharing of experience across contexts which face similar challenges, opportunities or constraints. Many of UNESCO's activities in the field of education are broadly related to South-South cooperation, including the E-9 initiative and the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair Programme.
In 2005, the High-Level Group meeting on EFA suggested that the E-9 could be a catalyst for building South-South cooperation. These countries hold the statistical key to achieving the Dakar goals. Several E-9 countries have the capacity and resources to reach out to less well-positioned developing countrise and assist them with their EFA efforts. This new partnership, the 'EFA/E-9' will provide support to best practces in teaching and learning, to strengthening institutions, finding innovative financing mechanisms and promoting ICT innovations.
South-South Cooperation Programme for Education
UNESCO launched the South-South Cooperation Programme for Education in 2007 with the establishment of a South-South Cooperation Fund. The objective is to support developing countries to meet the EFA and MDG goals through the exchange of experience, knowledge and good practice on a South-South basis, and with developed countries.