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Aid and Development Effectiveness (86)

Are Southern providers more effective in facilitating peace processes, political settlements and building institutions in fragile states than traditional Western donors are? Is South-South peace-building different in approach, form and outcome than interventions by Western powers in conflict-affected areas?
Last year the world embarked on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals that should guide international development efforts until 2030. In tandem, the OECD club of donors have been developing a new statistic to measure their contribution towards these goals.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 39, December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016

Shifting paradigms of aid

On 12 December, SAIIA and the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) organised a one-day workshop at the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. The workshop looked at the role of emerging actors in conflict-affected countries.
From 29 November to 1 December 2016, experts from Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, and Zimbabwe gathered in Nairobi at the second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). There, they shared with the broader international development community the work produced on south-south co-operation and provide Southern perspectives on the current global debates. At this meeting, NeST Africa and its various global partners hosted a series of side-events, workshops, amphitheatre and break-out sessions on various topics related to South-South co-operation and its role in the international development landscape.
The 2016 elections of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were scheduled for mid-September this year, and then postponed to 27 November. But the country is still nowhere near being ready to conduct a legitimate vote, and tensions there are reaching critical levels. What should South Africa be doing to help? 'Help'. That was the one-word message I received from my contact in the DRC. It was enough to tell me everything I needed to know.
South Africa has contributed billions of Rands in developmental assistance to the DRC. Yet according to traditional definitions of aid, these contributions do not count. In a new article published by the Mail and Guardian, SAIIA's Carmel Rawhani investigates the controversies around defining aid and why South Africa's contributions may actually surpass those of more wealthy ‘Western’ donors.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 35, September 2016
Oxfam Mexico, South Africa and China, in collaboration with the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST), and Instituto Mora have the pleasure to invite you to the NeST technical workshop for ‘Updating the monitoring and evaluation framework for South-South Cooperation“.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016

South Africa and the DRC

The South African Institute of International Affairs' (Saiia's) Senior Researcher Neissan Besharati speaks to Polity's Sashnee Moodley about our latest research: South Africa and the DRC – Evaluating a South-South partnership for peace, governance and development. Click here to read the related report Watch the video by clicking on the image above, or click here to view on the PolitySA YouTube Channel.
When the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was launched in 1993 by Japan in co-operation with the World Bank, the UN, and the UN Development Programme, it was the first such initiative of one country seeking to deepen its partnership with Africa. From 27-28 August, TICAD will be held for the first time in an African country. This milestone reflects the evolving nature of relations between Japan and the continent, and the more assertive and confident agency of African countries in their interactions with external powers.
On 19 July 2016, the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) in collaboration with the German Development Institute (DIE) Managing Global Governance (MGG) Programme held an UNCTAD XIV side event on 'Measuring and reporting South-South cooperation (SSC): How to grasp SSC’s contribution to achieving the SDGs'.
From 17-18 December 2015, NeST held a technical working group meeting on 'Defining, measuring and reporting South-South Co-operation.'
Recent interviews of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMME) that SAIIA conducted in Botswana can provide pointers on the focus that donor support should take in order to promote the growth of this sector. This growth would see the eventual graduation of some SMMEs into big businesses, able to develop regional value chains that economists and policymakers covet for regional economic industrialisation and development.
The 5th edition of the Africa CEO Round-table and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility will be held on November 19-20 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. This conference has become one of the biggest platforms for discussing issues on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as the promotion of a public-private synergy in order to achieve a credible business environment in Africa. The theme for this year is: ‘From Corporate Governance to Sustainable Governance’.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 27, October 2015
In March 2015 a group of 25 prominent academics and development co-operation experts from the global South gathered in Midrand, South Africa to discuss a common analytical framework for South−South co-operation.
SAIIA launched the book 'Institutional Architecture & Development: Responses from Emerging Powers' on 4 September 2015.
From 2 - 4 September 2015, SAIIA and Oxfam South Africa held a NeST technical working group meeting aimed at developing indicators to measure the quality of South-South relations and processes.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, in collaboration with Oxfam South Africa, together hosted the 2nd meeting of the South African chapter of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST SA) on 2 September 2015.
The rise of so-called ‘emerging economies’ - such as Brazil, India and China - has been marked by their growing contribution to developmental issues, regionally and globally. This provision of assistance to the developing world by the developing world is known as South-South Cooperation (SSC).
The South African Journal of International Affairs invites article submissions and special issue proposals for our forthcoming volumes. Prospective authors may submit their articles via the SAJIA Scholar One website, detailed below. Prospective guest editors are encouraged to contact the Editor, Dr Martha Bridgman, at sajia.editor@saiia.org.za, with a concept note outlining the themed issue and proposed dates. 
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.
The South African Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with Oxfam hosted the first technical workshop of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST) from 2 to 5 March 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Under the auspices of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST), the South African Institute of International Affairs in partnership with Oxfam held a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on 'Emerging Partners in Africa’s Development: Measuring the impact of South-South Cooperation' in Midrand on 03 March 2015.
The South African Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with Oxfam hosted the first meeting of the South African Chapter of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST) on 28 January 2015.
Happy new year to all our partners and friends! The year that has gone was characterised by South Africa’s fifth democratic elections, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the growing power of Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in Africa. Across other parts of the world, old fissures seemed to re-emerge; whether in Europe’s growing right-wing wave, or in Ukraine and in the Middle East.
It is hoped that African countries will soon be signing a new free trade agreement that will take the continent one step closer to its goal of economic development.
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