The UK and Brazil signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Global Development Partnership in 2011, representing a unique combination of different aspects of development cooperation. This has allowed for the two countries to go beyond the traditional implementation of technical cooperation projects to strengthening partnerships and promoting policy development within trilateral projects. Both the UK and Brazil have been providing development assistance across multiple areas for decades within the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) region. The Department for International Development (DFID) is active in over 50% of the countries in SSA where Brazil has a presence, reflecting a real opportunity for thorough and effective trilateral cooperation between the UK, Brazil and their Sub-Saharan African partners.
Strengthening the voice of partners within the sub-Saharan African region, working with, rather than for, is paramount to successful and inclusive sustainable development. In turn, this would contribute to a prosperous, more secure continent, one less reliant on aid and more resilient to shocks and stresses. By approaching development cooperation through a unique trilateral model, and including ‘twin track’ policy approaches at national and regional levels, the UK and Brazil can combine their knowledge and experience in development and, more widely, diplomacy, to work with African countries to advance the progression of the UN Agenda 2030 and the Agenda 2063 goals across the continent.