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About the Programme

In recent years, the global dialogue on South-South Cooperation (SSC) has become more prominent in discussions on international cooperation, highlighting the importance of SSC in the global arena. The desire of Southern economies to harness the potential of their cooperation has led to the conception and formalisation of several platforms such as India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS), BRICS, IBSA, New Development Bank and Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) including many others. There is evidence that substantial attention is being paid to discussions on SSC including intensified intergovernmental dialogue on SSC in the United Nations as well as at the High-Level Forums (HLF) on Aid Effectiveness of the OECD/DAC, where a larger role for SSC is being discussed. In these discussions, there have been serious efforts at viewing SSC as a process that is distinct from the North-South Cooperation (NSC).

SSC takes different forms and modalities for extending assistance to partner countries. They include technical assistance, capacity building programmes, knowledge sharing, production cooperation financial assistance and technology transfer. The SSC is often perceived by the partner countries to be more receptive and adapted to their needs and priorities. As a result, expectations from the SSC have increased manifold.

The present course on Development Partnership held at Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi is intended to familiarise the participants to a broader concept of SSC particularly on the Development Cooperation in the context of ongoing resurgence of the economies of the South in the wake of major changes being witnessed in the global aid architecture. The programme would, among other things, focus on rationale, concepts and contours of SSC by building on the individual accomplishments of the respective countries, thus explaining the benefits from and barriers to their collective engagements. It would also throw light on the key principles, policies, modalities (that includes national sovereignty, national ownership, independence, equality, non-conditionality, non-interference and mutual benefit) and practices that are evident across SSC and respond to how the policy orientations or the strengths of SSC can be practically applied.

Further, it would discuss how SSC is a different paradigm from the NSC and how the SSC should be viewed as a voluntary partnership which has now developed into a more matured platform transcending the initial foundations of political solidarity and not as a replacement for the NSC in any significant measure.

This would be a two-weeks programme (11 to 22 November 2019) for participants interested in issues related to SSC. It would have sessions on principles, approaches, features and different dimensions of South-South Cooperation. The programme would cover the following broad topics:

South-South Cooperation: Rationale, Concepts and contour differences between North-South and South-South CooperationEvidence based Analysis and related Case StudiesEvaluation of Development PartnershipDevelopment Finance and Global TrendsInstitutional Architecture and Development CooperationTrade and Technology Linkages.

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The Programme covers return travel of the participants between his/her home country and India, living and subsistence allowance, and admissible medical expenses during the programme in New Delhi, as per the rules governing ITEC/ SCAAP Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

The details of next course will be updated soon.


Course Director

Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi 
Director General, RIS
Tel. : 91-11-24682176,
Fax : 91-11-24682173-74

For any queries related to the course, please contact:
Mr Mahesh C. Arora
Director (Finance & Administration),
RIS Tel. : +91-11- 2468 2177-80 (Ext. 147),
Mobile No. : +91-7827499097