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April 1, 2010—The Colombia government led a High Level Event on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development from March 24-26, 2010 in Bogota. Participants discussed how low- and middle-income countries are pioneering a new dimension in development. They are helping each other overcome shared challenges to growth and prosperity by exchanging resources and technology, and by sharing their knowledge and experience about what works, what doesn’t, and why. This High Level Event was an important step in advancing the 'South-South cooperation' and capacity development agenda.

More than 400 leaders and representatives from developing nations, as well as multilateral* and civil society organizations from 131 countries took part in this major milestone leading up to the IV High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, to be held in Seoul, Korea, in 2011.

In closing the event, Sanjay Pradhan, World Bank Institute Vice President, pointed to South-South cooperation as a powerful force for collaborative and transformative change. 

Watch an interview (YouTube/World Bank) with Sanjay Pradhan at the South-South event.

* Asian Development Bank, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as a broad range of partner countries (including China, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines) and donors including Japan, Germany, and Spain.