Reverse Linkage (South-South Cooperation)

Developing countries have acquired considerable experience, expertise and knowledge in different areas over the last decades.

Developing countries have acquired considerable experience, expertise and knowledge in different areas over the last decades. As a result, they are increasingly interested in sharing their experiences, and learning from one another in order to accelerate the development process, and to overcome their challenges.

The IDB Group, as the only multilateral development bank whose membership is drawn entirely from developing countries, has been encouraging cooperation and knowledge sharing amongst its member countries. Based on its in-depth experience in promoting South-South Cooperation, the IDB Group introduced the ‘Reverse Linkage’ in order to maximize the benefits derived from South-South Cooperation and adequately address the emerging demands of its member countries.

Reverse Linkage is a South-South cooperation mechanism whereby member countries serve among themselves as the primary and forefront agents in the provision of knowledge, technology and resources to build their individual capacities and devise solutions for their autonomous development in a mutually beneficial, results-oriented and program-based arrangement.

By enhancing solidarity and forging partnerships amongst the IDB Group member countries, Reverse Linkage has the overarching objective of capacity development through the transfer knowledge, technology and resources. IDB Group plays the role of a connector and a catalyst by matching the specific capacity needs of its member countries with capacities available in other member countries, and by supporting them in their aspirations to learn from one another.

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