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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.