South-South cooperation and the post-2015 development agenda: divergence or convergence between new players and traditional actors? [Rising Powers Study Group]

Jurek Seifert (Ruhr University Bochum)
Geovana Zoccal Gomes (BMZ)
Room 6 (Examination Schools)
Start time:
14 September, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

International power shifts have caused changes in International Development cooperation. New actors, such as the BRICS, are challenging the established donors by promoting their South-South cooperation as an alternative. This panel investigates these trends in the context of the post-2015 agenda.

Long abstract:

Due to the emergence of new actors on the international scene, changes can be observed in the power relations of the international system. This is reflected in the area of International Development Cooperation. Countries such as China, Brazil, India and South Africa (the BRICS countries), among others, have shown significant increases in their respective cooperation activities. They present their technical cooperation as South-South cooperation (SSC), a cooperation modality that takes place among the members of the "Global South". At the very least, since the 4th High-Level meeting on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011, SSC has been recognized as a separate modality of cooperation. As a result, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) has been established to foster a dialogue between SSC providers and NSC donors. Nevertheless, part of the new (or re-emerging) providers of SSC make a point of maintaining their distance from the established donors, the members of the OECD´s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In the context of the upcoming post-2015 agenda and the official adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations the question remains how South-South cooperation will shape new trends in development cooperation. This panel asks what kind of policy approaches the providers of South-South cooperation take towards the post-2015 agenda and how the established institutions respond to these new actors on the scene. It aims to combine case studies on SSC providers and their development policies with research on current trends in international development cooperation.