This paper concludes that any South-South cooperation should adhere to the ISTREEM [inclusivity, sustainability, transparency, respect (for all partners / stakeholders), efficiency, effectiveness and are mutually beneficial] principles. And thus, project by project – a culture of SSC with a mindfulness of ISTREEM principles will become the standard for SSC initiatives. A principle and culture, which in turn, will facilitate and provide a degree of standardisation to the much needed monitoring and evaluation goals and processes of SSC.
Growing an ISTREEM culture would then contribute towards the South’s vision of inclusive development and the deeper layers of its much needed monitoring and evaluation. However, these efforts need to also be complemented by efforts to establish a common definition of south-south cooperation and a mechanism for accounting for the quantity of SSC.