Colombian South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation expertise as a relevant element in its accession to the OECD

Project: Research Project

Project Details


As it has been noted in the academic literature on Colombian foreign policy, there has been a major shift in how this country conceives its role in the international arena. During the government of Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia promoted various projects in the area of South-South Cooperation (SSC) and became a regional leader in this field. Santos announced his desire to make Colombia the 37th member of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and began the process of accession in early 2011. Although both SSC and the accession to the OECD may differ in nature and scope, their relationship cannot be dismissed. Role theory may provide us with some light regarding how the desire of Colombia to become an internationally relevant actor translated into an active participation in the field of SSC which, in turn, fulfilled the expectations of other participants in the system such as the OECD, which may benefit from Colombia’s experience in a field where the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has lost legitimacy. This brief hypothesis, which indicates that the Colombian expertise on South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation was relevant to its acceptance to the OECD, is based on the fulfilling of not just Colombia’s expectations (in becoming a regional leader and in getting accepted into the OECD) but also providing a future tool for the OECD-DAC to improve its image in the Latin American region

Commitments / Obligations

Describir los productos a generar en el orden de tipología:
• Artículo académico en revista indexada
• Panel de discusión con los resultados y avances en el marco del grupo de investigación del tema del Semillero EPIC
• Ponencia (evaluar escenarios nacionales, regionales o internacionales para presentación de los avances)
Effective start/end date2/1/1911/30/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.
  • South America


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