Standards are jointly agreed best-practice solutions to recurrent problems. They come in different forms such as requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics. Standards are developed through a bottom-up process by experts from the public and private sector at national, regional and international level and are adopted through consensus voting. Therefore, standards are likely to be relevant and widely used. Although standards are voluntary, they also facilitate the development and application of laws and regulations.
Standards help to achieve greater efficiency, competitiveness and sustainable growth in companies, organizations and communities. They support a rule-based system that contributes to increased transparency and predictability, which facilitates business investment. In addition, standards help to reduce technical barriers to trade and enable exports. They benefit the environment, health, safety and well-being of citizens. More than 950 ISO standards are directly linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Participation of developing countries in international standardization is essential to ensure the global relevance of ISO standards and the integration of developing countries into world markets.
SIS implements projects in developing countries, mainly funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). The aim is to strengthen the capacity of National Standard Bodies (NSB) to develop national and regional standards, involve developing countries in international ISO standard setting and increase the involvement of private/public sector stakeholders in the standardization process. A vital component is also to increase the use of standards within organizations, government agencies and companies.
SIS is currently working in Bolivia and Azerbaijan.
In this folder you can read about SIS International Development Cooperation in short.