Sharing of social sectors experiences in IBSA: assessment of initiatives and way forward
The establishment of the India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Cooperation Forum (IBSA), formalised by the Brasilia Declaration in 2003 is a distinctive international trilateral development initiative to promote South- South cooperation among these countries.
In order to assess the overall status of social sectors in IBSA countries since its inception, this paper analyses the select Communiqués and Declarations pertaining to social sectors issued from time to time. In this context, it evaluates the status and performance of social development in each of the IBSA countries and analyses the progress achieved in terms of poverty reduction, health and education towards achievement of MDGs targets. The paper presents an insight from the policy initiatives taken for inclusive growth followed by analysis of their serious commitments into concrete actions to strengthen trilateral cooperation and finally suggests the way forward.