WHO’s work with countries

South-South and triangular cooperation


South-South cooperation refers to the exchange of expertise between actors (governments, organizations and individuals) in developing countries.

“The best aid aims to eliminate the very need for aid. It does so by building the capacities that move countries towards self-reliance. Countries want capacity, not charity.”

Dr Margaret Chan,
Director-General of WHO,
Global South-South Development Expo, 2010

Through this model of cooperation, developing countries help each other with knowledge, technical assistance, and/or investments.

Developing countries are the agents of action in South-South cooperation – not just as partners, but as leaders of the development process. This process moves away from the paradigm of cooperation as a one-way assistance from donor to recipient – towards a model where emphasis is firmly placed on capacity building, self-reliance, and the sustainable development of countries from the global South.

Triangular cooperation refers to development partners, countries, and international organizations providing financial or technical support to facilitate development activities between 2 developing countries.

Cooperation among Countries for Health Development

More information about cooperation among countries for health development is available through a platform established by the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.

The Cooperation among Countries for Health Development site features experiences of others in South-South and triangular cooperation.