Africa and South-South development Partnerships - Part 1

The emergence of new economic powers in Asia, Latin America and Africa has been accompanied by an upsurge in cooperation among developing countries, breathing new life and significance into the concept of South-South cooperation. In addition to the increased flow of trade and investment, the new South-South cooperation also expresses itself through development partnerships, as emerging economies in the South increasingly assume the role of donors, providing development assistance to other developing countries through an array of bilateral or multilateral channels. South-South development partnerships have been hailed for affording developing countries sufficient space to manoeuvre in their development policies by breaking the monopoly of Western donors. Even so, as the phenomenon takes root, concerns have emerged over the motivations and practices of these 'new donors', and more generally the implications of this trend for international development policy and practice.

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