Journal Issue: Development Outreach, Volume 12, Issue 2

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Making South-South Happen : Ten Years of Knowledge Exchange through the Global Development Learning Network
( 2010-10) Soulejman Janus, Steffen ; Seck, Mor
"As businesswomen, we want to find how we can network cost effectively. We have a better future, because when you network, you get markets, you get experience, you get success stories from different places." These were the comments made by Dina Bina, a small flower shop owner in Dar es Salaam and the Chair of the Tanzania Women�s Chamber of Commerce.
Managing Knowledge in Organizations : Summary of an Interview with Marshall Van Alstyne and Hind Benbya
( 2010-10) Leonard, Aaron
Knowledge exchange among practitioners in low- and middle-income countries is now at the forefront of global development policy formulation. But the question of how to connect the right people with the right knowledge at the right time isn�t new. Knowledge Management (KM) has been an established discipline since the 1990s. We talked with MIT�s Marshall Van Alstyne and Montpellier�s Hind Benbya about the state of knowledge management and information exchange in organizations today, and how new practices like knowledge markets can help us find better solutions to some of today�s trickiest development challenges.
Developing the Capacity of Post-Conflict Countries through South-South Partnerships
( 2010-10) Muthayan, Saloshini
Following years of war and devastation, the citizens of post-conflict countries look to the government with high expectations for a better quality of life. These countries, however, face severe institutional and human capacity constraints and normally have no other option than turning to donors for help in reconstructing their societies.
South-South Cooperation and Knowledge Exchange : A Perspective from Civil Society
( 2010-10) Cruz, Anabel
South-South cooperation is not new. It has been around for several decades in the form of economic integration, cultural exchanges, and technical cooperation. Traditional North-South cooperation, however, with resources coming from the rich northern countries to the poor southern ones has been supplemented by other models. Indeed, middle income countries have been taking on various roles, not only as recipients of development aid, but also as providers of development cooperation. New actors and approaches have entered the development cooperation landscape.
Rise of the Global South and Its Impact on South-South Cooperation
( 2010-10) Singh Puri, Hardeep
Over the past two decades, a fundamental transformation has taken place in the global economy caused by the impressive economic growth of developing countries like China, India, Brazil, and South Africa. The economic center of gravity is inexorably moving toward the developing South. The remarkable upsurge in cooperation between developing countries, characterized as South-South cooperation, must be understood as part of this larger story.
South-South Knowledge Exchange : A Natural Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean
( 2010-10) Quiñonez, Alfonso
South-South Cooperation (SSC) is a longstanding form of collaboration which has recently gained momentum, especially in the Americas. Two key elements explain the growing importance of SSC, its new modalities, and their contribution to triangular cooperation schemes.
The Power of Parliamentary South-South Learning : Fighting Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa
( 2010-10) Balch, Jeff
Few other regions in the world have been hit so hard by so many wars and domestic conflicts as the countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa over the past fifteen years. Traders and brokers of small arms cool-headedly spotted the opportunities in these regions. Local demand was huge as many militia and rebel groups needed weapons and didn't particularly care about international trading regulations or conventions.
China's International Poverty Reduction Center as a Platform for South-South Learning
( 2010-10) Wu, Zhong ; Karp, Philip ; Wang, Yan
After attending a South-South experience-sharing event in China, a number of African officials wondered: "How come China is able to develop and retain its implementation capacity, whereas our countries suffer from brain-drain?"
South Meets South : Enriching the Development Menu
( 2010-10) Maruri, Enrique ; Fraeters, Han
African countries, like Nigeria, with an emerging information technology (IT) industry, are examples of how globalization has opened up vast new opportunities. Information technology and business process outsourcing is a multibillion dollar talent-driven industry with a market that is still untapped. Africa is keen on exploring this new frontier which has the potential to create thousands of quality jobs for its young people. But to do so, it must nurture the right skills. Where can these be found?
Aid Effectiveness : Why Does It Matter to Partners in South-South Cooperation?
( 2010-10) Gurría, Angel
Why should partners in South-South cooperation care about aid effectiveness? What is the relevance of the commitments embodied in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008) to development actors? These are questions I frequently hear.
South-South Mutual Learning : A Priority for National Capacity Development in Africa
( 2010-10) Assane Mayaki, Ibrahim
Evidence-based knowledge and innovation are critical for national development in Africa if the continent is to sustain the momentum of its transformation agenda. South- South Cooperation (SSC) is a mechanism that can contribute to this objective. Knowledge- and experience-sharing are taking place on different scales among African countries; but there is a need for coordination among these initiatives and with national development plans and processes. This will help scale up and institutionalize the practice of learning for development effectiveness as a capacity development tool.
Helping Latin America Help Itself : South-South Cooperation as an Innovative Development Tool
( 2010-10) Cox, Pamela
Even before the massive earthquake struck Haiti early this year, the country was one of the biggest beneficiaries of South-South cooperation in the Americas. In fact, since 2004, the first UN peacekeeping mission made up mostly of South American forces has been serving in the beleaguered Caribbean nation.
South-South Learning in the Trifinio Region : Transforming Borderlands into Areas of Peace and Development
( 2010-10) Miranda, Jaime A. ; Slowing, Karin ; Raudales, Julio César
The creation of the Trifinio region, a sensitive biosphere reserve in northern Central America where the borders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras meet is a unique example of South-South Cooperation (SSC). Based on their experiences and lessons learned from the joint management of the Plan Trifinio, the three Central American countries created a tri-national entity that redefined their borderlands as a consolidated area for integration and development. The three countries, which share similar development challenges, recognized that this was the most effective way of responding to the social and environmental challenges they were facing.
South-South Knowledge Exchange as a Tool for Capacity Development
( 2010-10) Abdel-Malek, Talaat
South-South Cooperation (SSC) has been gaining momentum as an effective mode of development assistance, complementing the more traditional North-South approach. The Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), agreed at the High Level Forum3 (HLF3) on aid effectiveness in September 2008, underlined the importance of SSC for the benefits it offers both aid recipients and providers. This exchange of development experiences, whether it takes place between governments, organizations or individuals, holds great potential.
Triangular Cooperation : Opportunities, Risks, and Conditions for Effectiveness
( 2010-10) Ashoff, Guido
Triangular cooperation is a relatively recent mode of development cooperation. It normally involves a traditional donor from the ranks of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC), an emerging donor in the South, and a beneficiary country in the South. It has received increasing international attention because of particular advantages it is said to provide. At the same time, it poses several risks that could further complicate international development cooperation. To make full use of its potential, it is important to conceive it as a learning process, to identify the interests of the three parties involved, and to apply the internationally agreed principles of aid effectiveness. When these principles are applied, triangular cooperation can enrich international development cooperation.
The South-South Opportunity
( 2010-10) Pradhan, Sanjay
Imagine, just a few years from now, a developing country official who is struggling with a difficult problem: perhaps reintegrating demobilized soldiers back into their communities that have been torn by conflict, or helping the desperately poor climb out of poverty through targeted assistance programs.
The Bogotá Spirit : South-South Peers and Partners at the Practice-Policy Nexus
( 2010-10) Schulz, Nils-Sjard
On a warm evening in late March of this year, more than 500 enthusiastic delegates from around the world poured out of the Chamber of Commerce building in Bogot�, with a shared vision that South-South cooperation would reshape today�s development cooperation landscape. Despite the Colombian capital�s dizzying altitude of 2,800 meters, their zeal for effective South-South knowledge exchange and mutual learning left the participants of the Bogot� High Level Event on South-South cooperation and Capacity Development clear headed and with a long list of ideas, projects and plans, for their countries and regions, and for their multilateral, parliamentary, civil society, and research organizations.
Asia's Deepening Regionalism Brings Shared Prosperity
( 2010-10) Nag, Rajat M.
Asia's coming of age has been the development story of the past 40 years. The reasons for this are varied. But some of the more significant factors have been knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and increased economic integration and cooperation between governments of developing economies. Asia�s success is in part the result of increased dialogue between regional partners, formalized through institutions such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which expanded fromits original five-member core in 1967 to encompass all Southeast Asia by mid-1999 and aims to establish an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.