South-South Network for Public Service Innovations (SSN4PSI)

SSN4PSI is a collaborative platform where governments, private sector organizations, experts, and academics exchange knowledge, experiences, and expertise on public service innovation. It was launched at the 2017 Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Antalya, Turkey. It utilizes the South-South and triangular cooperation approaches to empower southern countries to learn from them and support one another in identifying vital innovations and scaling up novel solutions to public service challenges. It aims to promote these solutions by customizing the necessary tools and strategies to their unique country contexts.

The six key focus areas for the SSN4PSI network include:

Matchmaking: SSN4PSI’s Knowledge Export-Import Model SSN4PSI uses a ‘Matchmaking’ methodology to achieve the objectives of the Network. Matchmaking ensures that countries that have successfully tackled public service challenges “export” solutions to countries that need them.

The Matchmaking model goes beyond the traditional ‘knowledge sharing’ and ‘peer-to-peer’ as follows:

Achievements of the Network

To date, the network has organized/co-organized 20 international workshops in Bangladesh (2017), Kazakhstan (2018), the UN Headquarters, United States (2018), Fiji (2019), Italy (2019), India (2019), side-events in BAPA+40 Conference, Buenos Aires; Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, Bangkok and Data revolution, High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), New York and arranged 16 field visits. SSN4PSI also co-organized 15 series of webinars on 6 focus areas of the network. So far, the workshops, field visits, webinars, and other outreach events of SSN4PSI have generated 244 partnership opportunities involving 43 countries and organizations from all over the world and presently they are sharing different knowledge, learning, and expertise among themselves. The network has created 3 knowledge products, including “The South-South Matchmaker” Volume I and II. Furthermore, many institutions have requested to be part of the Network. The Secretariat has been diligently following up with interested countries and organizations to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and good practices through South-South Cooperation.