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SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

 Call for Papers

Integration & Trade Journal (2013)

The rapid and sustained economic growth seen in many developing countries over the last decade has enabled them to emerge as international cooperation partners and providers. Middle income countries and in particular BRICS have coupled their economic strengths with their international political activities and cooperation interventions very rapidly, assuming a greater role not only in terms of aid flows, but also through the sharing of successful experiences with other countries facing similar development challenges. These emerging economies have engaged in bilateral SSC and have offered developing nations new, cost-effective, and relevant tools to address development challenges on a bilateral and multilateral basis. The rise of these economies in absolute terms also coincides with the recognition of a multipolar world in the wake of the global financial crisis and its exposure of structural economic weaknesses faced by developed economies.

South-South Cooperation (SSC) involves sharing and creating new knowledge, mutual learning, increased ownership of development solutions, the diversity of development practices and, increasingly, the net transfer of financial resources among countries in the South. This modality also has the advantage of establishing more horizontal cooperation partnerships to transfer know-how from one partner to another or to jointly conceive solutions to common challenges.

Countries usually share many of their development challenges due to similar economic endowments, social structures, policy-making or common geography, cultures and languages. As a result of similar development challenges countries often partner together to find collective solutions. Given their recent growth and successful development experiences, developing countries, particularly the BRICS, are often looked to by one another for innovative solutions that can be shared and adapted to local contexts.

Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are no exception and have a history of functional cooperation in many areas, in which partner countries’ interests converge, often in overlapping networks that do not necessarily follow the logic of traditional integration schemes. LAC countries face common problems in areas such as the risks of natural disasters, the threat to human and animal health, plant pests, financial contagion, citizen security, and climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as opportunities such as trade and investment agreements that can often be better addressed or at a lower cost at a regional level through South-South collective action. This collective action often adds greater value to purely national policy interventions. An emerging theme of SSC in LAC is the support to integration platforms such as the Proyecto Mesoamerica and the Initiative for Infrastructure Integration of South America.

In 2008, the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) recognized the importance of SSC and issued a triple mandate: (i) adapt the development effectiveness principles of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action for SSC; (ii) enrich those principles with the practices and experiences of SSC; and (iii) identify complementarities between South-South and North-South cooperation. The Acra Agenda mandates gave rise to the creation of a Task Team on South-South Cooperation (TT-SSC), an international platform to facilitate collaboration on SSC among policy makers, academia, civil society organizations and practitioners. The TT-SSC performed both analytical and practical work in anticipation of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea, where the topic of South-South and Triangular Cooperation was given further visibility by its inclusion as one of the thematic blocs and prominence in the final outcome document.

Against this background, the IDB’s Integration & Trade Journal is calling for works that analyze specific aspects of South-South Cooperation as it pertains to Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole, or with regard to particular countries, subregions or integration initiatives. This call for papers aims to encourage the production and presentation of research, case studies, and diagnoses that examine this increasingly important cooperation modality and stimulate innovation and effectiveness in SSC in the LAC region. In this vein, it is looking for works that address one of the following thematic areas:

  1. 1.The role of the private sector in South-South Cooperation;  
  2. 2.Triangular Cooperation experiences;  
  3. 3.The experiences of national, regional and bi-regional cooperation programs.

 

The closing date for submissions is April 1st, 2013.

See link for more information: http://www.iadb.org/intal/icom/35/eng/i_home.html

 

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