13 September 2021 - To mark the 2021 UN Day for South-South Cooperation Side, we are pleased to launch the three "South-South Ideas" papers developed by members of the South-South Global Thinkers Initiative.

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.Methodological Pluralities in Impact Assessment of South-South Cooperation: A Synthesis from Efficiency Perspective: The study attempts to develop a set of methodological tools and indicators to assess the efficiency of SSC from the perspective of its distributive implications and its role in ensuring agency efficiency in terms of reduction in transaction costs of delivery of developmental inputs to partner countries in need. In doing so, it is centered on the fundamental recognition of plurality as the source of strength of SSC. The proposed template would entail active participation of NGOs, academia, CSOs, private sector and national governments, along with the other stakeholders in development cooperation to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing on a voluntary basis.

.Institutional frameworks for South-South Cooperation in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico: NeST LATAM, the Latin American chapter of the Network of Southern Think Tanks, currently made up of representatives from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, conducted the research to assess the lessons learned from national contexts regarding institutional frameworks for South-South Cooperation (SSC) in the region and devise possible ways forward, proposing a project combining desk review and outreach activities. In the early stages of the implementation of the project, the team realized that COVID-19 was also a necessary topic, and thus it was added to the original proposal in the form of a survey designed to gather experiences from the first months of the pandemic in the region. The main objective of the present report is to understand whether and to what extent national SSC institutions can provide valuable lessons to foster stronger dialogue and coordination at the regional level. Read more here.

.Designing a survey of the Institutional Architecture of South-South Cooperation - A feasibility study: A survey triangulates various data sources to explore the correlation between Southern institutional choices and other political and policy variables, which can also expand Southern development cooperation scholarship. The report presents three dimensions of public administration: governance, regulation and administration, then uses these as a framing device to compare Southern institutional architecture. It also outlines the methods used to assess the feasibility of a cross-national survey collecting primary data from Southern cooperation providers. This involved reviewing existing publications comparing development institutionalisation in the South, interviewing researchers engaged in similar institutional studies, and gathering the opinions of Southern civil servants through an online questionnaire. Read more here.

The following two papers will be launched via social media after the event.


.South-South Cooperation - Advancing Alternative Development Paradigms Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme Case Study: This report analyses the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) and suggests a suitable framework for analysing the effectiveness of ITEC and similar programmes under the principles of South-South Cooperation (SSC). It examines the execution of ITEC regarding two of India’s close neighbours - Nepal and Bangladesh. It provides an overview of India’s development cooperation and its relationship with Nepal and Bangladesh to establish the context for ITEC assessment. The methods used include a review of the existing literature, discussions with subject matter experts and officials involved in the programme, a study of the official documents on ITEC and critical enquiry. Read more here.

.The role of institutional arrangements for South-South Cooperation: Experiences from Ecuador and Sri Lanka

Using a comparative perspective, this research studies different SSC and North-South Cooperation (NSC) initiatives in Ecuador and Sri Lanka to identify existing structural arrangements that have resulted in positive cooperation outcomes. Comparative institutional analysis can help us identify differences between institutional arrangements in NSC and SSC that can inform future SSC practices at the national level. It could also potentially help to identify structures and practices that support and enhance both types of cooperation. The comparative analysis is framed in Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework. Read more here.

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