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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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Benin - Lighting the way forward

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In developed countries, it is easy to take for granted the benefits of electric lighting, so ubiquitous is it in our homes and buildings. In rural areas of Benin, however, a lack of adequate lighting can hinder school classrooms, and even maternity wards. Solar-powered lighting has been introduced to help overcome the problem.

Situated on the same latitude and with a similar climate, both Costa Rica and Benin are producers of pineapples. South-south cooperation has enabled them to share expertise with respect to organic farming methods.