South-South ideas – assessing impact of South-South cooperation – variations in perspectives (2019)

This study of South-South cooperation identifies two research questions that have recently come to the centre of debate; (1) why should SSC be assessed, and (2) should there be a common framework for such a purpose? Firstly, a conceptual framework identifies some benefits to an assessment of SSC. Then, the paper considers four cases of assessment carried out by colleagues from the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) across the four countries and observe the nature of heterogeneity and plurality in their assessment frameworks. Thus, the studies empirically support an argument against a common assessment framework, even though there may be some common elements. 

The four case studies are: (1) Brazilian SSC, the Cotton-4 Project and the Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, (2) China-the United Republic of Tanzania Cooperation, (3) India and Mozambique, solar technology, and (4) South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Partnership for Peace Governance and Development.

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