South-South Cooperation


Influence the development of a global accountability framework for SouthSouth cooperation that is consistent with the principles of horizontal development cooperation, i.e. solidarity, mutuality, equality, respect for sovereignty, human rights, non-interference, and non-conditionality.

What we want to achieve

Development of a framework for horizontal development cooperation that can be used by civil society and non-traditional Southern partners in assessing the quality and impact of SSC.


Adoption of rights-based approaches and principles for effective development cooperation in global accountability frameworks for SouthIndicators South cooperation



Completed framework document on horizontal development cooperation Extent to which rights-based approaches and principles for effective development cooperation are integrated into SSC monitoring and evaluation tools, and global SSC accountability framework/s


Target Arenas

BRICS Forum, UN Development Cooperation Forum, Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, OECD measurement framework on TOSSD, UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, IBSA Dialogue Forum, G20 Summit


Key Messages

The principles of horizontal development cooperation – including solidarity, mutuality, human rights, respect for sovereignty, non-conditionality – should be used in assessing the effectiveness of South-South partnerships, particularly with respect to unequal conditions of partnership that often prevail even between South-South cooperating countries.


Southern aid providers should work towards ensuring that their policies and operations adhere to international law and standards on environment and human rights as these apply to programs and projects in partner countries. This is consistent with Bandung, which declared the fundamental principles of human rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.


Democratic country ownership of SSC should be enhanced so that recipient countries’ own needs and priorities drive the development partnership, and that these priorities and policies are rooted in the participation of, and accountability to, stakeholders and citizens.


The relevance and importance of the principles for effective development cooperation in enhancing accountability and development impact of SSC should be recognised and upheld.



Other Actors and Alliances/ Partnership Plan

Southern think tanks and non-traditional Southern providers


Policy Research on Operationalizing People-Oriented South-South Development Cooperation

May 24, 2018

This publication is a collection of critical papers written by ten CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) member organizations representing different sectoral and regional constituencies. The contributions by CPDE members examine South-South development cooperation (SSDC) in terms of operationalizing a people-oriented and human rights-based approach.

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