South-South Cooperation in the News

BRICS-Africa trade update

bricsupdateJohannesburg: Last year BRICS-Africa trade reached USD301 billion (bn), up 3.8% from USD290bn in 2011. While still impressive, seen in the context of the general rise in BRICS-Africa trade since 2003, last year's lift is fairly modest.

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PM Douglas tells South-South: “We have become a very focused and determined people in order to impact our lives in positive ways”


“The country that I am honoured to lead is a rather fascinating place. We are one of the tiniest nations on earth.

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Nelson Mandela presented humanitarian achievement award


Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela has been presented with a humanitarian achievement award for his contribution to South-South cooperation and sustainable development.

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Message on the United Nations day for South South cooperation


This year's observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation comes amid intensifying international efforts to accelerate progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, the internationally agreed deadline.

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Aasu on the international day for south-south cooperation


In its resolution 66/550, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 12 as the International Day for South-South Cooperation.

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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
Address:   3rd Floor Robert Sobukwe Building
263 Nana Sita Street
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PO Box 14349
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