South-South Cooperation in the News
Amid South China Sea tensions, China hosts meeting with defense ministers from 10-nation ASEAN
- Thursday, 15 October 2015
- By Star Tribune/Christopher Bodeen
BEIJING — China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers Friday in a bid to burnish its reputation in a region wary of Beijing's territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the U.S. might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea.
China South-South Climate Cooperation Fund To Help Pacific Nations affected by Climate Change
- Friday, 16 October 2015
- By EM TV Online/ Marie Kauna
Chinese president Xi Jinpingin has signed a joined residential statement on climate change and announced the China South-South Climate Cooperation Fund to help affected developing nations.
China Plays Key Role in Promoting South-South Cooperation - UN Official
- Tuesday, 13 October 2015
- By All Africa
Addis Ababa — China plays a key role in promoting South-South cooperation through improving "key infrastructure" in developing countries, an official at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.
Brics in danger of collapsing as members fail to cohere
- Friday, 09 October 2015
- By Business Day (Live)/Rosaline Daniel and Kudrat Virk
WITH China’s economy in slowdown mode and continuing to cause turmoil across the world, doubts have once again surfaced about the prospects of the Brics bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA).
Global goals ignore needs of the South
- Friday, 02 October 2015
- By Mail and Guardian/VusiGumede
The 70th session of the United Nations general assembly has endorsed the so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs), or global goals, as the post-2015 development agenda for the next 15 years.
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.