Knowledge Bank

The ADELANTE Programme has been structured around 8 Triangular Cooperation projects in various thematic areas, in several countries, with all types of actors (more than 50 organisations from 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to several European institutions), with diverse forms of collaboration between them and with different intervention strategies. These projects have contributed significantly to the Region´s sustainable development and have generated interesting and useful sectoral and cross-cutting learning.

This section makes available to all interested parties the main learning resulting from the ADELANTE Programme, identified and systematised thanks to an interesting knowledge management collaborative exercise, and organised in three sections: success stories (´ways of doing´ that have generated positive results and whose replication in other projects can certainly bring the same results), best practices (reports on achievements highlighting the key success factors that influenced to achieve them) and lessons learned (experiences about events occurred during the development of a project and that have left useful learning for its dissemination and reuse).

See the knowledge that has been generated thanks to the ADELANTE programme

Success Stories


Agencia Chilena de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AGCID) - Chile.

Consejo Nacional para la Atención de las Personas con Discapacidad (CONADI) - Guatemala.

Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP) - Italia.

Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP) - Colombia.

Instituto Nacional de Educación Técnica (INET) - Argentina.

Secretaría de Acción Social (SAS) - Paraguay.


Creation of the National Technical Tables for Institutional Coordination in Transversal and Socio-Emotional Competences (TSEC)

Summary of the case:

Thanks to the peer-to-peer dialogue promoted by DIALOGAS, the National Technical Tables for Institutional Coordination in Transversal and Socio-Emotional Competences were created in Argentina, Paraguay and Guatemala and the conditions for the creation of the Tables in Chile, Panama and Uruguay were settled.

Within the framework of the DIALOGAS project, five regional workshops were held to analyse tools and share experiences for peer learning. During the last one, held in Argentina, work was done on intersectoral coordination, in order to design strategies that allow for the involvement of all policies and institutions with competences in the field.

This workshop was attended by representatives from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, through their institutions belonging to the Regional Table of Technical Cooperation on Transversal and Socio-Emotional Competences (MESACTS).

As a result of the reflections and dialogue among the attending peers, the need and opportunity to actively promote the coordination from an intersectoral approach as a strategic axis for the development and implementation of public policies for social inclusion in the countries of the region was identified.

This is why the creation of National Technical Tables for Institutional Coordination was promoted from the intersectorality perspective with representatives of the public, private, civil society and academic spheres. The first National Table was set up in Argentina and then it was the turn of Paraguay and Guatemala. The Tables of Chile, Panama and Uruguay were left in the process of being created.

Main learning and recommendations:
The importance of creating mechanisms for institutional, multisectoral and multi-stakeholder coordination that allow for dialogue and consensus building to transform policies with a social inclusion approach.

Achieved impacts and objectives:

  • A strong contribution to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) has been made by fostering "multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources" (Target 17.16).
  • It has been possible to demonstrate the importance of institutional coordination and the need to have tools and mechanisms for political and technical multisectoral integration, with representatives from the public, private, civil society and academic spheres, who focus on promoting dialogue, consensus and guidelines to address transversal and socio-emotional competences and to strengthen public policies with a social inclusion approach.
  • The formalisation of National Technical Tables encourages the commitment of all stakeholders, which is a fundamental element to provide sustainability to the project's achievements.
  • The creation of the National Technical Tables was an unexpected positive result and one that added value to the project, since it was not part of the original design and given its success it was decided to include it in the logical framework matrix.

Key success factors:

A key success factor is that this initiative came about within the framework of a peer-to-peer workshop, during which not only was an instrument created and validated, but the production of knowledge as a whole was encouraged. In this way, it went beyond technical transfer and achieved concrete application in the countries.

The added value of Triangular Cooperation: (more information here)

1. Building ownership and trust.
2. Promoting complementarity and increasing coordination in development cooperation.
3. Sharing knowledge and learning jointly.

4. Co-creating solutions and flexibility.
5. Enhancing the volume, scope and sustainability of Triangular Cooperation
6. Achieving global and regional development goals through strengthened partnerships for sustainable development.

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Thanks to the project, Thematic Meetings have been designed and carried out to address the subjects prioritised in the Political Dialogue meetings with the political representatives of each partner municipality, considered as a lesson learned that can be found in this Knowledge Bank of the ADELANTE Programme. Thanks to the correct identification of the subjects prioritised in the Political Dialogue Meetings by the project's coordination team, several Thematic Meetings were successfully organised, including two of great impact on SDG 5, especially aimed at women entrepreneurs.

Author: Red Calle

At the beginning of the project, there was a theoretical framework for "Peer-to-Peer technical visits": one of the pillars of the project which consists of visits to each of the partner countries, including political and technical representatives from other countries involved, in order to collect best practices and make recommendations. This theoretical framework has, gradually and thanks to the lessons learned from each visit and the experience and global vision of the project team, become a consolidated methodology whose main characteristic is to bring  those involved into the limelight.

Author: Proyecto SEDA

The National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), which coordinated the project, had an extensive experience of good cooperation with the European Union (and other international donors) and had its own procedures in place. However, preparing to undertake a project under the Triangular Cooperation modality for the first time revealed the need to adapt these procedures and posed a challenge for the institution, which wanted to prepare itself in the best possible way by creating a methodology adapted to this modality, which was agreed upon with all project partners.


Thanks to the project, the first unique tool for the assessment  at the regional level of transversal and socio-emotional competences has been created, which will allow the collection of data from different countries in order to compare them and get a comprehensive view of the subject.

One of the main components of the Mirada Ciudadana project are the Political Dialogue Meetings, which consist of meetings between the authorities of the partner local governments to exchange ideas about the reality of their municipalities and their main challenges, promoting open dialogue and encouraging the joint creation of solutions. After the experience of the first meeting at the beginning of the project, the management team realized that, while it was important to promote exchanges between municipal authorities, it was also necessary to accompany them with thematic working-enabling environments to involve a greater number of stakeholders, including the final beneficiaries.

Applying principles and mechanisms of collective or group building throughout the cycle of training and technical assistance, in order to guarantee the active and balanced contribution of all participants, thus improving the learning and its application.

Author: Red Calle

Thanks to the project, a consolidated methodology has been developed and implemented for the joint creation of work agendas for peer-to-peer visits aimed at compiling best practices and issuing recommendations. Different visits have been successfully carried out using this methodology, showing a real appropriation of the tool by the recipient country and a high level of commitment, knowledge exchange and technical trust from all participants. One of the most prominent was the visit to Paraguay, during which the project raised the possibility of providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Childhood and Adolescents, focusing on the design of a census of homeless children and adolescents. This generated new lines of work beyond what had been planned with a clear triangular cooperation approach.

Thanks to the project, a participatory model was developed based on the meeting and integration of the target population, which allowed the adaptation of Restorative Justice to the different contexts.