Peer Learning and Cooperation

Peer-to-peer learning is one of the priorities that emerged from the November 2012 g7+ Haiti Ministerial Meeting, and is a key pillar of the Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation concept. It aims at mobilising cooperation among member countries, developing a network to share knowledge and expertise among g7+ member countries, and applying the collective skills of the group to the specific challenges each country faces. Peer learning will thus help the sharing of experiences in peacebuilding and statebuilding, enhance knowledge-generation from g7+ countries, and stimulate specific initiatives to help fill in knowledge and capacity gaps in PSG achievement.

The g7+ supports peer-learning and knowledge-generation around the PSGs by working with member countries and partners to compile and disseminate knowledge on thematic areas, initiate research, data collection and analysis and country case studies, and organise knowledge-exchange seminars. The work so far has focused on three key thematic areas: natural resource management, public finance management and peace and reconciliation. A meeting of g7+ Justice Ministers was also organised in June 2014 to share experience in the area of Justice.

In the spirit of peer-learning, in 2013 the g7+ commenced a research project on natural resource management. This delivered 18 profiles on natural resource rich countries that were included in a synthesis report (see below), which became the first official research publication of the g7+ when it was launched in March 2015 in Brussels.

Peer-to-peer learning focused on peace and reconciliation was at the heart of the official visit of a high-level g7+ delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) in February-March 2015. The visit was aimed at exchanging experience on the implementation of the New Deal and, in CAR, at supporting the efforts of the Transitional Government in the consolidation of a national dialogue for peace.