South-South cooperation

South South cooperationThe United Nations defines South-South cooperation as a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. It takes place on a bilateral, subregional, regional and interregional basis. Countries of the South share knowledge, skills, expertise, resources and solutions; and South-South cooperation manifests itself in the forms of trade, foreign direct investment, regional integration, and technology transfers.
Africa, Central and Latin America, and most nations of the Asia-Pacific region constitute the Global South. Although passing through varying degrees of political turbulence, economic upheaval, and social instabilities, most of the states of these regions are becoming strong emerging markets and setting new trends in economic growth, investment, trade, and even cultural collaboration.

There are forecasts that in the next decade the Global South could catch up and its economic output could surpass that of the Global North. By 2030, the bulk of the middle class of the world, roughly 80 percent, would be living in today’s developing countries. The recently established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank shows that the South is developing new and innovative ways to mobilize finance for development.


About The Project

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.

Key Themes

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.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

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.


Contact details
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