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).

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Lessons Learnt


Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP) - Colombia

Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) - España

Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas - Perú

Ministerio de Hacienda - Paraguay

Ministerio de Planificación (MIDEPLAN) - Costa Rica

Oficina de Planeamiento y Presupuesto (OPP) - Uruguay

Secretaría Técnica Planifica Ecuador - Ecuador


Applying opportunity criterion in the selection of evaluations

Description of the action that gave rise to the learning:

Initially the project established a number of priority subjects for the evaluation work throughout its implementation. However, policy priorities are highly variable and it is difficult to align ministries, agencies and sectoral actors that are working on a given policy.

Therefore, high level political leadership and support is essential in order to carry out quality evaluations. Based on this fact, the project started selecting evaluations depending on the timeliness and feasibility of the process, rather than on the initially prioritized subjects.

In this way, the project has developed significant experience in evaluating subjects that have been put on the table throughout its implementation and not before, such as gender equity, violence against women or human trafficking

Experience gained:

With regard to the building of a practice of triangular cooperation between countries, it is important to:

  • Select evaluations based on the timeliness and feasibility of the process.
  • Give importance to all the subjects, each case being an opportunity to lay the foundations for cooperation between countries.


Establishing a timeliness criterion in the selection of evaluations allows to:

  • Create a basis of trust between the project and the institutions, which is key to developing complex products involving several sectors.
  • To contribute with seriousness, rigor and respect to the policies, programmes and organizational and administrative processes of each country.

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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Author: Proyecto SEDA
Thanks to the development, from the beginning of the project, of an inclusive communication and visibility strategy, which includes guidelines agreed upon by the different partners, it has been possible to guarantee a smooth external communication with a strong impact. This strategy has been the guiding approach to consolidate partnerships and renew intra- and inter-institutional commitments to mobilize resources and achieve effective communication.

Adapting project results to the context of each country to encourage the necessary prominent role of all actors, making the most of the flexibility of Triangular Cooperation projects.


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.