What is the PSSC?

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Partners in South-South Cooperation is a strategic partnership for cooperation on sustainable development, with the intention to make this a replicable model. Cooperation between Costa Rica in Central America, Benin in West Africa, and Bhutan in South Asia has already lead to 43 separate programmes delivering thousands of jobs and hundreds of new businesses and products. The focus of the programme rests on four intertwined pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development, environmental protection and gender equity.

Recognizing that poverty alleviation will be achieved only in the context of sustainable development, the PSSC seeks to catalyze the transition to sustainability by supporting innovation in policies, seeding initiatives, replicating successes, establishing new partnerships with civil society organisations between the partner countries, and disseminating information.

Sustainable development is interpreted as achieving a balance between social, ecological and economic development for this and future generations.

PSSC Programmes are practical, hands-on and with a strong focus on durability. Through their joint projects, people from the various countries have built a lasting friendship and they remain engaged with each other. In almost four years, PSSC activities have led to the empowerment of women, the creation of income for poor farmers, protection of mangrove ecosystems, reduction of the use of chemical fertilizers, distribution of solar panels and improvement of hygiene in poor communities through waste management.

PSSC addresses, directly or indirectly, the prioritised sustainable development themes (especially water, energy, agriculture and biodiversity) and the Millennium Development Goals (especially poverty reduction, gender equity, environmental sustainability and partnership for development).


Low carbon production in Costa Rica

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Micro, small and medium size local producers mitigate and adapt to climate change thanks to local capacity development initiatives on low carbon and resilient technologies, through knowledge management, south south cooperation and microfinancing.

Rural farming communities and local producers in Costa Rica have changed into sustainable production technologies with the support of Fundecooperacion, a non-profit and multisectoral organisation with a  focus on achieving sustainable development goals and long-term partnerships. Fundecooperación has promoted a south-south cooperation approach based on reciprocity, knowledge exchange and practical learning among producers in the field on low carbon technologies, in alliance with strategic (public and private) organizations.

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One of our projects received the South-South Cooperation Award for Partnership.

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Within the framework of partners in South-South Cooperation, funded by the Government of the Netherlands and managed by Fundecooperación for Sustainable Development, the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio) was able to conduct two collaboration projects in Benin and Bhutan, with institutions related to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, between 2008 and 2010. This project received the South-South Cooperation Award for Partnership during the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo).



Mangroves! - A volunteer from Benin to Costa Rica

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Do not miss this video that shows how South-South Cooperation continuos working among the partner countries. Eben is staying in Costa Rica for two years, working, learning with us and teaching us about the wonderful mangroves. Click here.

Ebenezer Houndjinou is working in the Osa Peninsula since January 2012.


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-COP 18

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Project "Development of local capabilities in low carbon and eniromentally friendly agricultural technologies"

This project is intended to contribute to the protection of the enviroment, economic growth, and the food security of the communities concerned, throught the promotion and sharing of low carbon agricultural technologies and the integration of the farmers as agents of change. It is being carried out under the South-South Cooperation Program (Costa Rica, Benin, Bhutan) supported by the Goverment of the Netherlands and administered by Fundecooperacion. 

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A new direction for international co-operation

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sscSouth-south co-operation is making a comeback, but it's time for an aid model that does away with such outmoded categories.

One of the many revolutions taking place in the world of international aid and co-operation is the rebirth of a movement that challenges what is now generally described as the "traditional" aid model. Instead of a vertical donor-recipient approach to aid giving,south-south cooperation (SSC) emphasises horizontality and mutuality.

At a conference in Bogotá last week, sponsored by the Colombian and Indonesian governments, delegates reaffirmed their view that, with developing countries growing fast, SSC has as much to say about the future of international development as western aid.

Read the full article of The Guardian.


PSSC at International Social responsibility Conference in the Netherlands

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banner inauguration 346pxLast Friday (14 October) the head of PSSC Secretariat, Prof. Marianella Feoli attended a Conference on International Social Responsibility at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.

She introduced the audience to the participant countries’ innovative approach to development in the global South, based on equality and reciprocity between developing countries.

She explained that more than 150 organisations had already participated across three countries: Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan. As a result of the cooperation projects, hundreds of new products had been brought to market, creating thousands of jobs.

One of the key lessons that people often learn from working on the project is that cultural differences are not necessarily barriers, but rather opportunities for learning.

The Conference also saw the opening of the Photo Exhibition “Three Continents. One Vision” which featured photographs by Javier del Campo, which he took during his travels in the three PSSC Partner Countries.



Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica – cooperating across continents

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The potential fTheCourier-2011-23-Coveror South-South cooperation took centre stage at a public meeting at the European Parliament on 31 May on the theme of: ‘Organising Inclusive Ownership – The EU's Structured Dialogue to strengthen cooperation with Non State Actors in the South’.

Cooperation between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rican was first put in motion by the Dutch government in 2005/2006. this now independently run venture was highlighted as a solid example of South-South cooperation to be replicated elsewhere. Meeting particiants included Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, René Castro-Salazar, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives from the European Commission and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Click here to read the scanned full article from The Courier

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Special Report: the future of the ACP-EU Relationship

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Can you think of a group of almost half of the countries in the world that delivers crucial commodities and does not have a real say in global governance? Well, it exists. And the group now wants to be heard.

The-BrokerThe future of the largest inter-regional cooperation between the EU and the ACP states in the world remains uncertain; The EU is like an old man sailing uncertain seas, is sending signals that it might not extend The ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. However,  schemes of international cooperation are changing rapidly and the question is not necessarily whether the EU wants to extend the treaty but whether the ACP really needs the EU.Trading with non-EU countries might prove more tempting than receiving aid from Europe. And being more independent, ACP countries feel, strengthens their presence in global governance.

In the Special Report published by the Broker entitled "The old man and the seas — The future of EU-ACP relations"', Prof Mirjam van Reisen, EU External Policy Expert, discusses the future of the ACP and its relationship with the European Union.

Within the report, Prof van Reisen explores and examines the future of the ACP-EU relationship in the context of the ACP’s effort to establish a presence in global governance; the ACP's opportunities to become a stronger, more independent group; and the new relationships the ACP is building with the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other emerging economies.

Click here to download the Special Report from the Broker website.


Radio Hoe?Zo! – Interview with Mirjam van Reisen

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Is de tijd aangebroken dat ontwikkelingslanden elkaar hulp gaan geven? De ontwikkelingslanden hebben inmiddels zelf veel kennis om te delen, terwijl het Westen bezuinigt op de hulp. Onderzoekers van Wageningen University, onderdeel van Wageningen UR, bespreken dit in het symposium Seeking alternatives for sustainable development in forestry and rural development: leadership from the South op dinsdag 10 mei.

Click here to read the full interview.