BAPA+40: South African and African Lessons




BAPA 40, South-South cooperation, global South


The Second High-Level United Nations (UN) Conference on South-South Cooperation (also known as BAPA+40), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 20 to 22 March 2019, promised to reinvigorate efforts to further achieve and implement South-South cooperation (SSC). Forty years on, the Global South is shaping its image as a solutions provider. Immense strides have been made in improving access to allow a multitude of state and non-state actors to cooperate, while broadening and deepening modes of cooperation and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and transfer of technology, thus moving beyond the simplistic view that developing countries require aid to function and move forward. However, noting these symbolic strides, the Global South should move forward by building understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks; integrating multi-stakeholder models; improving the visibility of peace and security in South-South programming; and building effective communications systems.


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Author Biography

Arina Alexandra Muresan, Institute for Global Dialogue

Researcher, Institute for Global Dialogue

Arina Muresan obtained her Masters in Politics in 2017, a BA Honours degree in Politics, obtained in 2012, and a BA Politics, obtained in 2010, from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently a Researcher on South Africa in Africa or International Diplomacy at the Institute for Global Dialogue. Her research interests include South-South cooperation, African economic diplomacy and foreign policy.



How to Cite

Muresan, Arina Alexandra. 2020. “BAPA+40: South African and African Lessons”. Latin American Report 35 (March):9 pages.



Received 2019-10-13
Published 2020-03-18