South-South Cooperation in the News
Global South campaigners tell UK planners: no new opencast coal mines!
- Wednesday, 07 October 2015
- By The Ecologist/Anne Harris & Hal Rhoades
Representatives of over 50 groups from 23 countries, many in the Global South, who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter opposing new UK opencast coal mines, in solidarity with local communities.
The Global South Will Make Its Contribution to Fighting Climate Change
- Monday, 05 October 2015
- By IPS News/Diego Arguedas Ortiz
SAN JOSE, Oct 5 2015 (IPS) - Seen for years as passive actors in the fight against global warming, more than 100 countries of the Global South have submitted their national contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising their economies.
Interview: Silk Road is an example of South-South cooperation: UN official
- Tuesday, 06 October 2015
- By Xinhua Net/Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Silk Road is an example of South-South cooperation, Adam Rogers, the assistant director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
G77 Ministers Call for UN Agency for South-South Cooperation
- Monday, 05 October 2015
- By IPS News
UNITED NATIONS, , Oct 5 2015 (IPS) - The 134-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations, has reaffirmed the overarching objective of eradicating poverty, “which remains the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”
China plays key role in promoting South-South cooperation: UN official
- Thursday, 08 October 2015
- By China Daily
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.
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.