South-South Initiative: Sharing Expertise and Best Practices
To strengthen the capacity of our network, we facilitate the exchange of information and expertise among our partners in the region. Within our network of 40 Member Associations, we have experts in areas such as human rights, medicine, program evaluation, financial sustainability, and communications. These experts provide technical assistance trainings that help scale up and strengthen successful programs and strategies.
The initiative is structured around two main strategies: online trainings and technical assistance visits. During the personalized exchange, a delegation or representative from one Member Association travels to another to receive training on a specific issue. The South-South Initiative strengthens skills and systems throughout the region and has produced concrete improvements to the quality of services.
For example, after an exchange visit to Profamilia Colombia to learn about its youth-friendly services model, Asociación Demográfia Salvadoreña (ADS) in El Salvador greatly enhanced its youth program. Every ADS service provider receives training in youth-friendly services and all of its educational materials were modified to make them more appealing and relevant to youth. In 2011, ADS increased the number of services it provided to young people by 95%.