Brazil’s Program for Decentralized South-South Cooperation

Brazil is launching a new program to identify and finance international cooperation projects that will be implemented by states and municipalities of Brazil with other developing countries. It is  South-South Cooperation, but a decentralized version.  The project aims to share successful public policies at sub-national levels. Brazilian states and municipalites can submit project proposals, based on requests from beneficiary countries, from June 29th to August 31st.

This new program is the result of a partnership between the Secretariat of Institutional Relations (SRI) of the Office of the President of the Republic, through its Deputy Office for Federative Affairs (SAF), and the Ministry of External Relations, through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).  Once projects are approved, they will receive technical support from the ABC for their implementation.

 The proposals will be reviewed by a Technical Committee comprised of members of the federal, state and local government levels based on technical criteria defined by the Program.  The two-year Program boasts a total estimated budget of 2 million US dollars. Each project will be entitled to up to 200 thousand US dollars to be implemented over the course of one year.

Projects are to be prepared based on successful experiences of sub-national governments in the following areas:
  • health
  • education
  • citizen  security
  • local governance
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable agriculture
  • food security
  • heritage restoration and conservation
  • sports and leisure
  • technological innovation and scientific development
  • the environment and climate change
  • vocational training
  • culture
  •  strengthening competencies to achieve the MDGs

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