Participants of the NeST technical workshop, 2 to 5 March 2015

The South African chapter of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) was established earlier this year, as part of a wider initiative to generate and share knowledge on South-South approaches to international development co-operation. SAIIA is proud …

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The South African chapter of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) was established earlier this year, as part of a wider initiative to generate and share knowledge on South-South approaches to international development co-operation. SAIIA is proud to have co-hosted with Oxfam the first meeting of this chapter.

Background

NeST was established in 2014, on the side-lines of the Mexico High Level Forum on Effective Development Co-operation, and in response to the 2013 Delhi Conference of Southern Providers and subsequent meetings in Beijing. It is a forum of think-tanks and academics from the global South committed to generating, systematising and sharing knowledge on South-South approaches to international development co-operation.

The NeST Africa chapter was established at the beginning of 2015 as a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities of development co-operation in Africa, and unpack the role of South Africa, other emerging donors, and the contribution of south-south co-operation to the development of the continent.

The work of NeST Africa will span from analytical frameworks and toolkits, evidence-based field research in Africa, capacity-building and training services, policy support and improving data quality and availability in the arena of South-South Cooperation.

NeST Africa provides inputs into global and regional debates such as the African Platform for Development Effectiveness (AP-Dev), Africa Vision 2063, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development (ffd), BRICS/IBSA Africa Summits and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

NestAfrica poster

 Click here to download larger version SSC framework.

Members

Some of the members of NeST Africa include the South African Institute of International Affairs, the Wits School of Governance, Oxfam South Africa, Reality of Aid Africa, Afrodad, the Uganda NGO Forum, the Institute for Security Studies, the University of Johannesburg, among many others. African government agencies and multilateral organizations are also closely involved in NeST activities. Click here for a list of all members (PDF, 214.74 kB).

Events

Since the beginning of the 2015 NeST Africa has:

 

Resources

Book: Developing institutions for South-South Cooperation

South-South Cooperation has been increasing dramatically over the last thirty years. But how is this assistance co-ordinated, and how do Southern countries deal with the institutions required to manage and disburse this assistance? A new book, Institutional Architecture & Development: Responses from Emerging Powers tackles these questions. Read more and watch a video interview

Resources from the first meeting of the South African chapter of NeST:

Report of the NeST Launch meeting (PDF, 2.22 MB)

Research Report, ‘South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA): Strategic Aid or Development Packages for Africa? (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Terms of Reference of NeST South Africa (PDF, 322.79 kB)

Background and introduction to NeST within the context of the GPEDC and the global South-South Cooperation debates (PDF, 1.27 MB)‘ by Neissan Alessandro Besharati

South Africa’s Development  Cooperation (PDF, 443.94 kB), by Jitendra Hargovan

Resources from the Technical Workshop:

Developing a Conceptual Framework for South-South Co-operation (1.4 MB),‘ by Neissan Alessandro Besharati, Matshediso Moilwa, Kelebogile Khunou and Ornela Garelli Rios.

Background and introduction to NeST within the context of the global SSC debates (PDF, 4.87 MB),’ by Neissan Alessandro Besharati

Evaluating the impact of South-South Co-operation (PDF, 1.52 MB),’ by Neissan Alessandro Besharati

Methodological issues in the evaluation of South-South Co-operation (PDF, 2.22 MB),’ by Milindo Chakrabarti

Defining and Accounting South-South Co-operation (PDF, 707.3 kB),’ by Sachin Chaturvedi

Aid Effectiveness and Development Effectiveness, The Quality and Impact of SSDC (PDF, 430.77 kB),’ by Meibo Huang

Giving NeST feet… (PDF, 470.14 kB)‘ by Professor Anne Mc Lennan

Defining and Accounting South-South Co-operation (PDF, 373.33 kB),’ by Vitalice Meja

Capacity Development through SSC and triangular Co-operation in Africa: Lessons learned (PDF, 1.22 MB),’ by Dr Sal Muthayan

Evaluating the Impact of South-South Co-operation (PDF, 451.05 kB),’ by Dr. Jorge A. Pérez Pineda

Information Management and Institutional Hub for SSC (PDF, 535.53 kB),’ by Pranay Sinha

Assessing the Quality and Effectiveness of South-South Co-operation (PDF, 515.86 kB),’ by Bernadette G. Vega

Resources from the Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on ‘Emerging Donors in Africa’:

Download the Report of the policy dialogue (PDF, 1.43 MB).

Emerging Partners in Africa’s Development (PDF, 383.95 kB), opening speech by Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki

Background and introduction to NeST within the context of the global SSC debates (PDF, 4.87 MB),’ by Neissan Alessandro Besharati

SSC or SSDC: The Case of China-Africa Cooperation (PDF, 629.3 kB),’ by Mao Xiaojing

Emerging development Partners in Africa (PDF, 596.16 kB)‘, by Richard Ssewakiryanga

Brazilian Development Cooperation in Africa (PDF, 395.19 kB),’ by André de Mello e Souza

Resources from the seminar on ‘Peace-building and Development in Africa through South-South Co-operation’:

Opening Address (PDF, 893 kB) by Ebrahim Ebrahim, Parliamentary Advisor to the President

South Africa’s Development Cooperation: Opportunities in the Global Arena (PDF, 238 kB),’ paper by Amanda Lucey (ISS)

PCRD Landscape and Institutional Architechture (PDF, 496 kB),’ presentation by Garth Cawthra (CDSM)

South-South Cooperation for Capacity Development – the case of South Sudan (PDF, 761 kB)‘, presentationby Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp (DIIS)

Regional Cooperation for Peace-building in West Africa (PDF, 892 kB)‘, presentation by Kehinde Olayode and Charles Ukeje (Obafemi Awolowo University)

Regional Cooperation for Peace-building in West Africa (PDF, 291 kB)‘, speaking notes by Kehinde Olayode and Charles Ukeje (Obafemi Awolowo University)

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? (PDF, 708 kB)‘ presentation by Professor Anne Mc Lennan, WSG

South Africa’s role and approach to Peacebuilding in Africa (PDF, 1.63 MB),’ presentation by Amanda Lucey (ISS)

Update on NeST for the Seminar on SSC & PCRD (PDF, 1.54 MB)‘, presentation by Neissan Alessandro Besharati (NeST)