South-South Cooperation in the News

Ban commends IBSA for its role in promoting South-South cooperation

Ban commends IBSA for its role in promoting South South cooperationUnited Nations, Sep 10 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended India, Brazil and South Africa for promoting cooperation among developing nations as he noted that the newly-formed BRICS bank holds considerable promise to complement existing sources of finance for development. ”While North-South cooperation can and should continue to be an important channel of international cooperation for development, the past few decades have seen robust growth of South-South cooperation. The continued progress of the global South provides impetus for South-South cooperation in the post-2015 era,” Ban said in his message during a session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation.

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The Greek Crisis and its Implications for the Global South

The Greek Crisis and its Implications for the Global SouthThe Thessaloniki Programme of Syriza demanded the scrapping of most of the public debt of the country, while their social-democratic agenda proclaimed, among others, that the party would raise the minimum wage by 10%; increase income tax to 75% on all incomes above N$6 million; combat the banks' secret measures and the flight of capital; nationalise the banks; cut drastically military expenditure; use buildings of the government, banks and churches for the homeless; open dining rooms in public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to children, etc.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Announces South Africa's Hosting of Second Summit of Focac

Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane Announces South Africas HostingMinister Nkoana-Mashabane officially announces South Africa's hosting of the second Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)

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IBSA does not attach strings to its cooperation: India

IBSA does not attach strings to its cooperationUNITED NATIONS: India has stressed that it along with Brazil and South Africa - the IBSA bloc - does not attach strings to its cooperation, unlike the collaboration between industrialised and developing nations and does not consider cooperation with developing countries as a "burden".

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Urges for South-South Alliances to Tackle Refugee Crisis

Urges for South South Alliances to Tackle Refugee CrisisThe European Union is calling for greater “South-South cooperation,” particularly among South American nations to help alleviate the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the European Union Representative to Paraguay Alessandro Palmero said on Monday.

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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.


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