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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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PSSC at International Social responsibility Conference in the Netherlands

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

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).

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Special Report: the future of the ACP-EU Relationship

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.

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Radio Hoe?Zo! – Interview with Mirjam van Reisen

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.

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Costa Rica: “El sentido de urgencia nos está haciendo falta”

El Canciller de Costa Rica extraña un debate más ágil e intenso sobre la necesidad de modernizar los cuerpos de seguridad de Costa Rica.

El canciller René Castro se ha dirigido al Parlamento holandés para ahondar en el precedente que ha sentado para su país, Benín y Bután el esquema de cooperación Sur-Sur, impulsado hace quince años por Holanda y que ahora podría convertirse en piedra de toque de los modelos que la Unión Europea ensaya para el futuro de su ayuda al desarrollo.

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