Trilateral Cooperation Programme

Trilateral Cooperation Programme (TriCo)

Since South Africa’s successful transition to democracy in 1994, the country’s political and economic influence has grown tremendously throughout the rest of the continent. Against this backdrop, the South African and German governments established a Trilateral Cooperation Programme (TriCo)  in 2007 in order to strengthen South Africa’s contribution to the development of the continent. 

TriCo projects are financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with substantial financial and in-kind contributions from South Africa and the recipient countries. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is managing the funds and involved in the implementation of the projects.

Under the Trilateral Cooperation Programme, African countries are able to draw both on the experiences of South Africa and Germany and their human, institutional and financial resources in order to support their own development in a sustainable and results-based manner. At the same time, GIZ helps the participating South African institutions to develop the skills, resources and capacity that the country needs in order to successfully carry out its role as a development partner.

Through the TriCo Programme, both South Africa and Germany have provided visible contributions to the development of the continent as equal partners.

So far, the TriCo Programme supported / is supporting nine projects in the region:

The project "Developing a shared understanding in Africa around Performance Monitoring and Evaluation" addressed building capacity on M&E in different African countries. The project promoted learning and knowledge sharing between African states by drawing from each other’s good practices and by identifying and developing areas for future collaboration. The project partners from different African countries prepared research papers on the national M&E systems of Benin, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda to identify good practice and the success factors for such practice,

The overall objective of the "Anti Corruption Project" was to establish a comprehensive framework that would enable the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ratify and implement international conventions, namely the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and the SADC Protocol against Corruption.

Within the "Fire Management Coordination Project", South African and German experts supported Tanzania in the improvement of community-based fire management.

Within the "African Ombudsman Research Centre Project" TriCo enabled the establishment of an African Ombudsman Research Centre in Durban as a knowledge hub and training centre for ombudsmen in their role as mediators and guardians of the principle of good governance in their respective countries. The centre was prominently launched by President Zuma in March 2011 and contributes to the promotion of good governance on the continent.

The "Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC)" aims at coordinating and improving the effectiveness of South Africa’s engagement in the DRC. This is done by conducting an assessment of lessons learned and developing a strategy.

The "Global Economic Governance Project" aims at supporting South Africa in voicing African interests in global economic forums such as G20 through the establishment of an Africa-wide research network on GEG.

The "ZIGESA Trialogue Project" promotes inter-municipal partnerships between the cities of Durban, Harare and Munich. The project contributes to improved local democracy, transparency, accountability and service delivery to citizens.

Within the project "Building Capacity of Investigators of Police Oversight Bodies in Kenya and Tanzania" a training manual has been developed and investigators in both countries were trained.

The follow-up project "Revision of manual on investigation skills for civilian police oversight and capacity building support" aims at revising the manual to utilize it for a broader audience and to roll out the training across five countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria).