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South–South Cooperation is a term historically used by policymakers and academics to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries, also known as countries of the Global South.


1 History 2 Direction 3 Economic alliance

3.1 Banks to finance infrastructure projects 3.2 Asia–Pacific Free Trade Area

4 South-South cooperation in science

4.1 Role of regional economic communities 4.2 Bilateral collaboration 4.3 Role of regional centres

5 Security alliance 6 Political unity 7 Critique 8 Sources 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] The formation of SSC can be traced to the Asian–African Conference that took place in Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955 which is also known as the Bandung Conference. The conference has been largely regarded as a milestone for SSC cooperation. Indonesia's president at that time, Sukarno, referred to it as "the first intercontinental conference of coloured peoples in the history of mankind."[1] Despite Sukarno's opening address about the conference, there had been gatherings similar to the Bandung conference in the past. Nevertheless the Bandung Conference
Bandung Conference
was distinctive and facilitated the formation of SSC because it was the first time that the countries in attendance were no longer colonies of distant European powers.[1] President Sukarno also famously remarked at the conference that "Now we are free, sovereign, and independent. We are again masters in our own house. We do not need to go to other continents to confer."[1] The conference was sponsored by India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma, and Indonesia
and was attended by these 29 independent countries: Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gold Coast, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, State of Vietnam, and the Kingdom of Yemen.[1] Each country supported the continuation of decolonization efforts happening in both Africa
and Asia at the time. Although many countries disagreed on some issues, the Bandung Conference
Bandung Conference
"provided the first major instance of the post-colonial countries' collective resistance to Western Dominance in International relations."[1] In 1978, the United Nations
United Nations
established the Unit for South–South Cooperation to promote South–South trade and collaboration within its agencies.[2] However, the idea of South–South cooperation only started to influence the field of development in the late 1990s.[3] Due to the geographical spectrum, activities are known as South America-Africa (ASA) cooperation[citation needed] as well as, in the Asia-Pacific region, South–South cooperation.[4] The ASA cooperation has so far held two summits. The first summit was held in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2006 where 53 delegates from Africa
and 12 from South America
South America
attended. The second and most recent one was held on the Margarita Island
Margarita Island
in Venezuela
in Sept 2009 where 49 heads of states from Africa
and 12 heads of states from South America attended.[5][6] South–South cooperation has been successful in decreasing dependence on the aid programs of developed countries and in creating a shift in the international balance of power.[7] Direction[edit] The Leaders of South American and African countries hope that this cooperation will bring a new world order and counter the existing Western dominance socially, economically and politically. Late president Hugo Chávez
Hugo Chávez
saw the formation of this cooperation as the "beginning of the salvation of [the] people,"[8] and as a major anti-imperialism movement. Like President Hugo Chávez, the ex-Libyan Leader Muammar al-Gaddafi
Muammar al-Gaddafi
was also very critical of the Western dominance of the "third world" nations. Economic alliance[edit] One of the key goals of the cooperation is to strengthen and improve economic ties. Some of the areas which these "southern" nations look forward to improving further include joint investment in energy and oil, and a common bank. Among other regional trade agreements[9] which were reached during the 2009 summit was Venezuela
signing an oil agreement with South Africa
and a memorandum of understanding with Sierra Leone to form a joint mining company. Meanwhile, Brazil has developed an increasingly successful model of overseas aid provision of over $1 billion annually (ahead of many traditional donors), which focuses on technical expertise and the transfer of knowledge and expertise. Most of Brazilian aid is allocated to Africa, specifically to Portuguese-speaking African countries, and Latin America.[10] Brazil's form of South–South development aid has been called a 'global model in waiting'.[11] The two continents have over one quarter of the world's energy resources. This includes the oil and natural gas reserves in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Algeria, Angola, Libya, Nigeria, Chad, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.[12] In recent years, the South–South cooperation has recognized the importance of effective financial inclusion policy in order to better deliver appropriate financial services to the poor. Because of this, financial policy makers from nearly 100 developing and emerging countries now comprise a global knowledge-sharing network called the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). Representatives from the developing south meet annually at the Global Policy Forum (GPF), making it the most important and comprehensive forum for regulatory institutions from emerging economies with an interest in promoting financial inclusion policy. The forum is focused on developing and improving national financial inclusion strategies and policies, and is used as a platform for senior financial regulators to exchange ideas and engage in peer-to-peer learning activities. Banks to finance infrastructure projects[edit] One challenge for South–South cooperation has been the lack of sufficient capital to start a South–South bank as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank. This has changed with the launch of two new 'South–South banks'. At the sixth summit of the BRICS
countries (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China
and South Africa), in July 2014, the five partners approved the establishment of the New Development Bank
New Development Bank
Development Bank), with a primary focus on lending for infrastructure projects. It will be based in Shanghai. A Contingency Reserve Agreement (CRA) has been concluded in parallel to provide the BRICS
countries with alternatives to the World Bank
World Bank
and International Monetary Fund in times of economic hardship, protect their national economies and strengthen their global position. The Russian Federation is contributing US$18 billion to the CRA, which will be credited by the five partners with a total of over US$100 billion. The CRA is now operational. In 2015 and 2016, work was under way to develop financing mechanisms for innovative projects with the new bank’s resources.[13] The second new bank is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. It has also been set up to finance infrastructure projects. Spearheaded by China, the bank is based in Beijing. By 2016, more than 50 countries had expressed interest in joining, including a number of developed countries: France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, etc.[14] Asia–Pacific Free Trade Area[edit] China
is spearheading the creation of an Asia–Pacific Free Trade Area, which, according to China’s vision, would override existing bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements in the region. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
summit in November 2014 endorsed the Beijing Roadmap for completing a feasibility study by late 2016.[14] South-South cooperation in science[edit] Role of regional economic communities[edit] Countries of the South are developing cooperation through regional economic communities. For example, the Russian Federation is developing co-operation with Asian partners within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Union. The latter was launched on 1 January 2015 with Belarus and Kazakhstan and has since been extended to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The Eurasian Economic Union replaces the Eurasian Economic Community. In July 2015, the Russian Federation hosted a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the same city, at which the admission of India
and Pakistan
was announced. Regional economic communities have become a conduit for South–South cooperation in science, technology and innovation. For example, Iran’s Nanotechnology Initiative Council established an Econano network in 2008 to promote the scientific and industrial development of nanotechnology among fellow members of the Economic Cooperation Organization, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Bilateral collaboration[edit] Countries are also co-operating in science, technology and innovation on a bilateral basis to develop infrastructure and diversify the economy. There is ‘dynamic bilateral collaboration’ between China and the Russian Federation, for instance. This cooperation stems from the Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Co-operation signed by the two countries in 2001, which has given rise to regular four-year plans for its implementation. Dozens of joint large-scale projects are being carried out. They concern the construction of the first super-high-voltage electricity transmission line in China; the development of an experimental fast neutron reactor; geological prospecting in the Russian Federation and China; and joint research in optics, metal processing, hydraulics, aerodynamics and solid fuel cells. Other priority areas for co-operation include industrial and medical lasers, computer technology, energy, the environment and chemistry, geochemistry, catalytic processes and new materials.[13] Role of regional centres[edit] Increasingly, countries of the South are fostering cooperation in science and technology through regional or international centres. Africa
has considerably expanded its networks of centres of excellence since the turn of the century. Most of these networks focus on biosciences but there is also a network in the field of mathematical sciences. Examples are the Bio-Innovate network based in Kenya, which focuses on improving agricultural techniques and developing agro-processing, and the African Biosafety Network of Expertise based in Burkina Faso, which helps regulators deal with safety issues related to the introduction and development of genetically modified organisms. These networks have an Achilles tendon, in that they tend to be reliant on donor funding for their survival. Many regional and international centres have been set up under the auspices of United Nations
United Nations
agencies. One example is the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South–South Cooperation (ISTIC) in Malaysia. It was established in 2008 under the auspices of UNESCO. In 2014, the Caribbean network of scientists, Cariscience, ran a training workshop in Tobago on Technopreneurship for the Caribbean, in partnership with ISTIC. Another example is a centre which uses Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). Most of the eight members of SESAME are developing economies: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. The SESAME centre is being officially inaugurated in May 2017. Iran
hosts several international research centres, including the following, which function under the auspices of United Nations
United Nations
bodies: the Regional Centre for Science Park and Technology Incubator Development (UNESCO, est. 2010), the International Centre on Nanotechnology (UNIDO, est. 2012) and the Regional Educational and Research Centre for Oceanography for Western Asia (UNESCO, est. 2014).[15] Security alliance[edit] Peace and security responsibilities are also on the top of the agenda for cooperation. During the 2009 summit, Colonel Gaddafi
Colonel Gaddafi
proposed a defence alliance between the two continents.[which?] He called the alliance "a Nato of the South."[16] This type of alliance aims to act as an alternative to the Security Council
Security Council
none of whose permanent members is from the two continents. Political unity[edit] Another area that some of the leaders intend to see big developments in is in the political arena. This is to say that cooperation will give the continents more political power when it comes to the global arena. Some leaders hope that the cooperation will offer greater freedom in choosing a political system. For example, Hugo Chávez hoped to use South–South cooperation as a stage on which to get his message of what he called "21st Century Socialism" across. Critique[edit] The most apparent critique is that there are just a few voices being heard. These voices are often from the comparatively rich and powerful states of the south (e.g. Brazil, South Africa
and Venezuela). Sources[edit]  This article incorporates text from a free content work. Licensed under CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0 UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030, 621, UNESCO, UNESCO Publishing. See also[edit]

Global South Development Magazine Developing countries Fair trade Group of 77 Least Developed Countries MediaGlobal Non-Aligned Movement North-South divide Partners in South-South Cooperation Protocol on Trade Negotiations
Protocol on Trade Negotiations
of 1971 Second Africa- South America
South America
Summit South Centre UNDP UNIDO South-South cooperation in science


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Global South Development Magazine The Sino-Brazilian Principles in a Latin American and BRICS
Context: The Case for Comparative Public Budgeting Legal Research Wisconsin International Law Journal, 13 May 2015 The South–South Opportunity ASA. Página oficial - Official Site (in Spanish) (in English) United Nations
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Programme for Food Security Southern Innovator Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 1 Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 2 Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 3 Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 4 Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 5 Making It Magazine South–South solutions issue

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