(PRWEB) November 18, 2014 -- The annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo), which showcases proven evidence-based solutions that lift people out of poverty, completed the first day of the week-long event at the OAS in Washington, DC.
The “south-south” approach differs radically from traditional development assistance, which relies on charity from richer countries to help the poor ones. The GSSD Expo identifies innovative solutions that were invented and scaled up in the developing countries themselves, and seeks to facilitate their replication and expansion in other poor countries.
Day 2 will focus on scaling up existing solutions through south-south cooperation, beginning with a session on responding to Ebola as a development crisis. This special session is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013, after which it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. This is the first Ebola epidemic that West African nations have experienced and many individuals, including medical staff, lack the knowledge, experience and equipment needed to deal with Ebola.
This solution forum will provide a platform for countries to share and discuss integrated scaling up approaches for response to Ebola and other pandemics with a direct link to poverty eradication. Solutions spearheaded by Southern countries with UNDP’s support, and especially those that have demonstrated impact, sustainability and replicability coverage for poverty eradication, will be shared at the forum.
The media are invited and encouraged to attend all Expo events.
For more information: http://goo.gl/FiausF
What: Global South-South Development Expo
Where: Organization of American States (OAS) Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA
Why: To support and encourage innovative solutions to poverty challenges
When: 17-21 November 2014
Whom to contact:
• Adam Rogers: adam.rogers(at)undp(dot)org +1 (202) 830 7257
• Mithre J. Sandrasagra, UNOSSC HQ: mithre.sandrasagra(at)undp(dot)org, mobile +1 (646) 391 7834
Adam Rogers, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, http://unossc.org, +41 798490679, [email protected]
SOURCE United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation