The UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, together with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, International Organization for Ibero-America (SEGIB) as well as the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) are organizing a panel discussion around the concept of Reporting on South-South Cooperation at Global, regional and country level.

Around the globe and in the different regions and countries, new actors are beginning to shape the development cooperation agenda. New types of partnerships and modalities of cooperation are growing in importance, in volume of resources and geographical reach. Yet, information about the approaches taken, or the results achieved is still fragmented. So far, data about SSC/TrC has not been shared systematically, and we only have a vague and very incomplete idea of its full scale, scope, results and the lessons learned from existing experiences that could maximize development outcomes.

One of the mains reasons of this gap is that accounting for the massive flows of exchanges involving knowledge and technological transfers, but also from the human and financial perspective remains a challenge for many national governments as well as international institutions. This is particularly the case if we consider that there is currently no common definition, standards or understanding of what constitutes SSC exists among Southern partners.
Against all this context, and acknowledging the importance of better documenting their own development cooperation, some southern partners have increasingly made efforts to publicize and share their development cooperation practices.


Objectives and Thematic Focus

In line of the above, and within the context of the SDG Agenda and the roadmap towards BAPA+40, the panel would like to bring together the different leaders in SSC Reporting – at the country, regional and global level – in order to facilitate the discussion about the possibility of establishing a uniformed reporting process which could assess the development impact of SSC, its potential contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and inform the setting of its future direction.


Concrete Outcomes

This South-South Reporting Panel discussion will aim at encouraging political debate and dialogue around they concept of Reporting on South-South Cooperation at Global, Regional and Country level. This discussion will include, on the one hand, key aspects such as scope, concept, modalities, analytical framework, focus and frequency, that could serve to build a common ground and, on the other hand, the different aspects of reporting that could enrich the process through the variances.

In particular, this panel discussion will aim at responding to the following key questions:

  • How to generate the global south alliance to produce a Global Report?
  • What are the main political and institutional challenges to face it at global level?
  • What is the situation at regional level? Are there any good practices to have references/examples?
  • How can we overcome the conceptual and statistical challenges of such a complex process?
  • How to assure the southern actors are at the driving seat?





Ms. Ana Ciuti

Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina


Mr. Mehmet Yilmaz

Head of International Cooperation Department, TIKA

Dr. Mehmet Yılmaz was born in Artvin/Borçka in 15.07.1967. Having completed his secondary education in Ankara, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Middle East Technical University in 1991. He carried out his post graduate studies in Bilkent University and earned Masters and PhD degrees in 1992 and 2002 respectively.

Mr. Yılmaz started worked as a research assistant at Bilkent University (Ankara), Yüzüncü Yıl University (Van) and Kırıkkale University between 1991 and 2004. During his academy career Mr. Yılmaz lectured modern sociology theories, sociology of modernization and urban sociology. He began his career at TİKA as an expert in 2004, and in 2005 he was appointed to Kosovo where he carried out his duty as deputy program coordinator and program coordinator respectively. After finishing his duty in Kosovo in 2006, Mr. Yılmaz seconded at the OECD and completed his duty at Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs in 2007 before assuming his position as Head of the Personnel, Administrative and Financial Affairs Department at TİKA; then he was appointed Head of the Educational, Cultural and Social Cooperation till 2010. He served as the acting Deputy President of TİKA between September 2010 and March 2011, and as acting President of TİKA in 2011. Since 2012, he has been serving as the Head of the External Relations and Partnerships Department

Mr. Yılmaz is married and has three children.


Mr. Ahmed Faruk Diken

Islamic Development Bank



Mr. Martin Rivero

Team Leader South-South Cooperation, The International Organization for Ibero-America, SEGIB

Master Degree in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies ISS, The Hague, The Netherlands. Former Executive Director the Uruguayan Agency of International Cooperation (AUCI) during the Presidency of José Mujica (2010-2015). Between 2012-2015 he was the Executive Secretary of the Ibero-American Programme for the Enhancement of South-South Cooperation (PIFCSS). He has been staff member and/or advisor to different development cooperation institutions and international organizations such as UNDP, IADB, ILO, UNICEF and IDRC (Canada).


Ms. Florence Nazare

Head Capacity Development, CEO Office, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

Ms. Florence Nazare is the Head of Capacity Development Division at NEPAD Agency of the African Union. She is also Advisory Board Member and Representative on leadership to African Development Bank (AfDB)’s African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP) Secretariat and Core Management Team.

Earlier she was Programme Coordinator of SANBI/UNDP-GEF National Grasslands Biodiversity Programme at South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Pretoria, South Africa; Programme Manager at Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies, SAPES Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe; Senior Projects Officer at Research Division of Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies, SAPES Trust, Harare; and Research and Planning Officer in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Harare. She was also a Member on the Learning and Capacity Development Network (LenCD) Steering Group. Ms. Narare did her masters in Policy Studies from the University of Zimbabwe and is a Doctoral Studies candidate in Public Policy and Development of the University of the Witwatersrand.


Ms. Orria Goni

Regional SSC Policy Advisor, UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa

Orria is the Team Leader of the South-South and Effective Development Cooperation team at UNDPs Regional Service Center for Africa. She joined UNDP in 2006 working in UNDP Senegal as Human Rights Analyst, continuing her career in UNDP Turkey as the Gender, HIV/AIDS and South-South cooperation programme manager and M&E and Strategic Planning focal point. In 2011, Orria joined BDP in NY, working first as the Global Human Rights CoP Coordinator and consequently as the MDG Programme Specialist working on the MDG Acceleration Framework as focal point for Latin America and Caribbean and Arab States regions. Before joining UNDP, Orria worked as programme officer in the Philippines, Bolivia and Dominican Republic with the Spanish Agency for Development (AECID), Spanish Red Cross and Lawyers without borders. Orria is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has a Law degree from the Universidad de Navarra, with a Master´s degree in International Development (the Universidad Complutense de Madrid).




Focal Point Contact Details

Overall Coordinator: Orria Goni, SSC Advisor UNDP RSCA

Communications Focal Point: Beakal Fasil, Knowledge Management Officer


Phone: 251-929-907922; 251-911-361379