n Latin American Report - South-South co-operation : research article

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



South-South co-operation refers to the relationship between the countries of the developing world, and is very often based on sentiment and idealism.Organisational manifestations of South-South co-operation include the Non-Aligned Movement and the G77 at a global level, but also regional and inter-regional groupings. Countries of the South differ widely in character and their interests may diverge greatly. The importance of their relations with countries of the North may in practice outweigh those with the South. South-South co-operation is frequently manifested in multilateral diplomacy, where developing countries feel that they can exert the greatest influence and help set the global agenda. The Doha round of trade negotiations and the World Summit on Sustainable Development are prime examples. Inter-regional economic activity is important, but has positive and negative prospects for success. Because of frequently competitive, rather than complementary, economies, free trade agreements are difficult to negotiate. Foreign direct investment by the private sector among countries of the South is more successful. Within Africa the prime example of South-South co-operation is the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The African diaspora and the Japanese-initiated TICAD process are contributing to the achievement if its objectives.

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