Existing GSSD Academy Institutes
The following GSSD Academy Institutes are active in producing and disseminating important publications and knowledge tools:
The Taxation for Development Institute was developed through the South-South Sharing of Successful Tax
Practices for Development (S4TP) project, a joint initiative of the
United Nations for South-South
and the Financing for Development Office of UN DESA. This institute is designed to enhance cooperation and
knowledge-sharing among developing countries on successful practices for mobilizing domestic resources.
It aims to identify and disseminate best practices in taxation while integrating developing-country
perspectives into international tax norms.
The Taxation for Development Institute catalyses and facilitates information-sharing on successful tax practices and the latest tax
developments from the global South through the S4TP web portal, an interactive knowledge exchange platform showcasing
tax tools and tax training opportunities that are driven by the demand of developing countries. Web media, interviews
and articles provide an innovative and Southern-focused approach to tax-information exchange.
This institute has produced and launched two flagship publications: The
Creative Economy Report 2008 and
Creative Economy Report 2010. These books have mapped and established the
agenda of the creative economy for inclusive
development and given it international visibility. They encourage and provide helpful ideas on how
developing countries can capitalize on the potential of their creative sectors to foster economic growth and reduce poverty.
Moreover, the Creative Economy for
Development Institute has brought together academics and practitioners to shape and establish this agenda,
explore its many dimensions and inform policy-making. A drafting and peer-review workshop took place during the
preparation of the initial Creative Economy Report.
A series of workshops where academics and
practitioners interacted with mayors and
ambassadors to discuss policy
recommendations also took place during Creative
Economy Week 2010. UNCTAD has been the key partner in the
Institute initiatives. Other major partners include UNESCO, WIPO, ITC and UNV.
The South-South Hydrocarbon Capacity
Development Institute aims to support
capacity development in newly emerging
oil- and gas-producing countries of the
South. The Institute was developed
following the first and second
High-level Meetings on Oil and Gas
Management held in Doha, Qatar, in 2007
and in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2009,
respectively. As indicated in the
General Assembly reports submitted to
General Assembly (A/C.2/64/13 and
A/C.2/62/10), participants in those
meetings unanimously agreed that lack of
capacity was the major challenge to
sustainable development of their
emerging hydrocarbon sectors. They
therefore requested UN Office for
South-South Cooperation's support in
facilitating South-South training and
capacity development in their
hydrocarbon sectors. UN Office for
South-South Cooperation designed
this institute as a direct response to
the continued interest of its
constituents, in particular, emerging
oil- and gas-producing countries of the
South, in receiving capacity development
support through activities such as
executive training and exchange of
know-how, solutions and best practices
through publications such as the 2009
and 2011 books on sustainable
hydrocarbon management as well as access
to rosters of experts.
Getting it Right: Lessons from the South in Managing Hydrocarbon Economies
The South-South Citizenry-based Development Sub-academy provides communities with opportunities to be actively involved in discussions of problems, exchanges of solutions and other activities relating to disaster risk reduction and development at the local level. The Sub-academy is regional in scope with external participants, but the hosts of its events are local and national organizations. Other regional and international multilateral and intergovernmental organizations are encouraged to participate and support the Sub-academy.
The South-South Citizenry-based Development Sub-academy has organized four local forums to date: in Kutch, Gujirat, India, in January 2010, hosted by the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute; in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in April 2010, organized by the Tsunami Disaster Mitigation and Research Centre; in Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines, in November 2010, hosted by the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture; and in New Delhi, India, in November 2011. All these events were organized in cooperation with local, national and international partners and with the UNDP country offices.
For more information on the South-South Citizenry-based Sub-academy, contact Denis Nkala at