• When aid comes from the South

    Investigating the model and the future of South-South cooperation

“When aid comes from the South” explores the South-South cooperation, its way of functioning, its concrete realizations and its potential to reshape the global partnership on development.

South-south cooperation is a concept that doesn't appear much in media. Reporting on the subject has mainly focused on China’s policy. The innovative aspect of this project is to present a broader view of the concept. What does “South-south cooperation” actually mean? How does it work? Where does it happen?

South-south cooperation is not completely new: the cooperation of Non-aligned countries following the Bandung conference (1955) was already a form of south-south cooperation. But all of this took new proportions with the rapid growth of big countries such as BRICS. These giants have turned their eyes on other developping countries and brought fresh air to the development issue. These countries have common specificities. Are they better positioned to contribute to common development?

In order to understand it, the project will be on one side based on data visualisation that will give a clear vision of South-south cooperation. Where does the cash flow come? Where does it go? How is it structured (by types of spending, etc.)? The idea is to present the data in a simple, clear, attractive way for the readers. On another hand, more traditional reporting with texts, photos, videos and interviews with relevant experts will illustrate some aspects revealed by the data. All of this will be included in an interactive format. This reporting will allow us to hint at future developments. What's the future of south-south cooperation? And how will it impact traditional North-South cooperation?

Photo copyright: Wajahat Mahmood via Flickr Creative Commons

Project information

  • Locations
    El Salvador, Senegal, India, Indonesia
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Release date
    November 2016
  • Budget
    € 19500
  • Round