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The India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) was created in June 2003.

The mechanism, which brings together three large multi-ethnic democracies in the developing world, entails political coordination, sectoral cooperation and cooperation with third countries, implemented by the IBSA Fund.

To date, five IBSA Summit meetings have been held:

  • 1st IBSA Summit – Brasilia, September 2006;
  • 2nd IBSA Summit – Pretoria, October 2007;
  • 3rd IBSA Summit – New Delhi, October 2008;
  • 4th IBSA Summit – Brasilia, April 2010; and
  • 5th IBSA Summit – Pretoria, October 2011.

Currently, IBSA has the following working groups in operation:

  • WG on Customs and Tax Administration;
  • WG on Agriculture;
  • WG on Trade, Investment and Infrastructure;
  • WG on Defense;
  • WG on Blue Economy;
  • WG on Energy; and
  • WG on Tourism.

The most prominent initiative of the Dialogue Forum, the IBSA Fund has been financing social infrastructure projects in least-developed countries since 2004. Its resources are managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and transferred to selected projects.

Since the creation of the Fund, 31 projects have been financed in 21 countries from different regions and continents, especially the least-developed countries. To date, the IBSA Fund has allocated more than $ 31 million. The following projects are highlighted:

  • Health Care Infrastructure Refurbishment in the cities of Covoada and Ribeira Brava (Cabo Verde);
  • Agricultural Development (Phase I), in Bissa, N'tatelai and Capafa (Guinea-Bissau);
  • Development of Agriculture and Rural Communities Services (Phase II), in the regions of Bafatá, Oio and Biombo (Guinea-Bissau);
  • Solid waste collection and recycling: a tool to reduce violence and conflict in Carrefour Feuilles (Phases I and II), Port-au-Prince (Haiti).

For its successful initiatives, the IBSA Fund has earned the following awards: the ‘United Nations South-South Partnership Award, granted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2006; the ‘Millennium Development Goals Awards’, granted in 2010 by the NGO ‘Millennium Development Goals Awards Committee’, and the ‘South-South and Triangular Cooperation Champions Award’, bestowed in 2012 by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), for its innovative contribution to the triangular South-South cooperation.





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