South-South Cooperation in the News
ACP countries unite on empowerment of rural women and youth
- Saturday, 13 February 2016
- By Global issues/Laurent Thomas
ROME, Feb 13 (IPS) - Women make up, on average, over 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in the developing world and yet typically they do not have sufficient access to critical resources and services to become as productive as their male counterparts. In fact, across all regions, rural women and girls continue to face significant discrimination compared with men and boys, with women being more likely than men to hold poor quality jobs and benefit less from agricultural value chains.
UN’s Trust Fund Facilitates ‘Digital Ports’ in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Sunday, 14 February 2016
- By Indepth News
NEW YORK (IDN) - The Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF), managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), has partnered with the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) to map current trends, share best practices and promote sound and cooperative policies for ports in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Global South, beyond the State
- Monday, 15 February 2016
- By Opendemocracy/Enara Echart Muñoz
Over the last decade, we have witnessed many changes within the field of international cooperation for development, among which are the discussion of a new development agenda (the newly adopted sustainable development goals), the defining of new ways to improve aid effectiveness, and especially the renewed strength and visibility of methods for South-South cooperation (SSC), with the potential to reshape the international scene.
Women, Youth at Forefront of South-South, Triangular Ties
- Saturday, 13 February 2016
- By All Africa
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and partners have wrapped up a symposium pledging to build new partnerships to empower women and youth.
Boost for South-South and Triangular Cooperation
- Saturday, 13 February 2016
- By Indepth News/Ramesh Jaura
BRUSSELS (IDN) - Representatives of governments, civil society, and the private sector as well as global development partners have pledged to build new South-South and triangular partnerships to empower women and youth through jobs and entrepreneurship with a view to ensuring integrated rural development.
Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.
In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.
The IGD programme on South-South cooperation focuses on three of the key themes that presently animate the discourse on the phenomenon. These include: South-south cooperation dynamics; development cooperation in the South; and the club diplomacy of leading southern states. The current project therefore centres on the following:
- Changing dynamics of South-South cooperation
The evolution that is observable in South-South cooperation has not been matched with the corresponding discourse that appreciates the nuances that define this changing phenomenon. As a way of illustration, discussions on the subject continue to take as a starting point the anti-colonial imperative of the 1950s, ignoring the push associated with the global shift in economic power coupled with the need to address shared challenges such as poverty and underdevelopment. This part of the project seeks to unpack the changing dynamics of South-South cooperation in order to enrich our conceptual understanding of the phenomenon.
- South-South cooperation and South Africa's development assistance agenda
South Africa has signalled its intention to become a major player in the area of development assistance through the still to be launched South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA). Arguably, the success of SADPA would depend to a large extent on how its conceptualisation and subsequent execution resonates with the dynamics that underpin cooperation among countries in the South. The focus of this component of the project is therefore to examine the implications of the current dynamics of South-South cooperation for South Africa's global South policy, using the policy area of development assistance as a case study.
The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.
The specific objectives of the project include:
- To contribute to a better understanding of the importance of the changing dynamics of South-South cooperation.
- To rethink the implications of South-South cooperation for South Africa's foreign policy with a view to advocating an appropriate response to changing dynamics.
- To provide valuable insights into the implications of these dynamics for South Africa's global development agenda including development cooperation.