South-South Cooperation in the News
Paris climate summit will hinge on climate aid: Developing nations
- Thursday, 22 October 2015
- By Channel News Asia
BONN, Germany: More funds to help developing nations cope with climate change will be the make-or-break issue when a Paris summit seeks a U.N. deal in December to slow global warming, the main group of developing nations said on Thursday.
Algeria: Sellal Receives Chairman of Chinese Council for Promoting South-South Cooperation
- Saturday, 17 October 2015
- By All Africa
Algiers — Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has received, Saturday in Algiers, Chairman of China's Council for Promoting South-South Cooperation Lv Xinhua, who is on a visit to Algeria, said the Prime Minister Office in a statement.
United Nations recognizes Cuba's role in South-South cooperation
- Thursday, 22 October 2015
- By Cuba Headlines/ Juana
Cuba has a long tradition in South-South cooperation and a strong presence in the countries of the region, most notably for its development in health and education, said in this capital Myrta Kaulard, resident coordinator of the United Nations System (UNS) in the country.
China aid to touch $2 billion, but will it get respect?
- Tuesday, 13 October 2015
- By Khaleej Times/ Peter Ford
After years of accusations that Beijing spends more of its secretive foreign aid budget on buying access to raw materials than on helping poor people, the Chinese government appears to be edging towards a new approach that's more in line with other wealthy nations.
China's climate fund a boon: Ecuadorian legislator
- Wednesday, 14 October 2015
- By Xinhua Net
QUITO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's decision to set up a South-South cooperation fund for combating climate change benefits developing countries, an Ecuadorian legislator said Wednesday.
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.