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IBON Primer on South-South Cooperation

IBON International

IBON Center
ISBN: 978-971-95573-7-1

Abstract: DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE, in the traditional North-South mode, has been based mainly on industrialized nations of the Global North providing aid to developing countries of the Global south to help meet the latter's development goals. Donor-recipient relations have been characterized as unequal and paternalistic, and aid has been used as a foreign policy tool for geopolitical and economic interests of developed countries. Such characteristics of traditional North-South aid led to the Global South's search for alternative development approaches. South-South cooperation emerged in the 1950s in the context of the common struggle of former colonies for genuine independence and development. In the past few decades, there has been a notable rise of cooperation among Southern countries. They engage among themselves in active diplomatic dialogue, forums and knowledge-sharing hubs, regional or global economic or political formations, and development cooperation. These activities among the Global South are collectively referred to as South-South Cooperation (SSC). SSC presents an opportunity for the Global South to create alternative spaces to pursue their development path. There is a need to thoroughly study and review the global experience of countries engaged in SSC for them to wield it as a more effective development tool. This IBON primer serves as an overview and initial exploration into the complexity of SSC, its particularities as a mode of development cooperation, the opportunities it brings, and the challenges that it faces.

Keyword(s): South-south Cooperation ; Values ; Global South ; Plan of Action ; ODA ; BAPA Plan of Action ; Aid ; Aid for Trade ; BRICs ; SAARC ; JICA ; Triangular Cooperation ; Challenges ; global initiatives ; Africa ; Asia ; Cooperation

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