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Interrogating the "South" in South-South-North development modalities: A case study of one trilateral research network

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‘South-South cooperation’ has become a buzzword in development assistance policy and discourse over the last ten years, despite the modality’s peripheral presence since the end of the Second World War. Due in large part to the increasingly multi-polar geo-political landscape and sustained economic growth in historically less-industrialized countries, cooperation between actors within the global south has been taken up by the mainstream donor community as a potentially revolutionary modality of technical assistance, despite numerous cautionary warnings (Abdenur, 2009; Steiner-Khamsi, 2009). However, the south-south concept lacks sufficient conceptualization and empirical investigation in practice. The limited research that has been done on this topic challenges both the concept of partnership and the motivations and rationales for the sudden increase in northern support for south-south and regional development modalities (Steiner-Khamsi, 2009; Samoff, 2009; Tikly & Dachi, 2009). This paper presents the findings of a case study on an intra-regional research network within the sub-Saharan African context in order to unpack how intra-regional linkages are being interpreted by participating actors, particularly when the modality is funded by Northern donors and academics. Using qualitative data from key informant interviews of researchers, administrators and project coordinators at two participating universities in sub-Saharan Africa, one participating Norwegian university, and the administering Norwegian development assistance agency, this paper highlights potential disconnects between policy and reality in the regional modality, reflects upon how southern actors self-conceptualize their agency within a south-south-north framework, and interrogates how one northern donor conceptualizes the ‘south’ and regions in their development practices.
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Weinrib, Julian. "Interrogating the "South" in South-South-North development modalities: A case study of one trilateral research network" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493389_index.html>

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Weinrib, J. "Interrogating the "South" in South-South-North development modalities: A case study of one trilateral research network" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493389_index.html

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Abstract: ‘South-South cooperation’ has become a buzzword in development assistance policy and discourse over the last ten years, despite the modality’s peripheral presence since the end of the Second World War. Due in large part to the increasingly multi-polar geo-political landscape and sustained economic growth in historically less-industrialized countries, cooperation between actors within the global south has been taken up by the mainstream donor community as a potentially revolutionary modality of technical assistance, despite numerous cautionary warnings (Abdenur, 2009; Steiner-Khamsi, 2009). However, the south-south concept lacks sufficient conceptualization and empirical investigation in practice. The limited research that has been done on this topic challenges both the concept of partnership and the motivations and rationales for the sudden increase in northern support for south-south and regional development modalities (Steiner-Khamsi, 2009; Samoff, 2009; Tikly & Dachi, 2009). This paper presents the findings of a case study on an intra-regional research network within the sub-Saharan African context in order to unpack how intra-regional linkages are being interpreted by participating actors, particularly when the modality is funded by Northern donors and academics. Using qualitative data from key informant interviews of researchers, administrators and project coordinators at two participating universities in sub-Saharan Africa, one participating Norwegian university, and the administering Norwegian development assistance agency, this paper highlights potential disconnects between policy and reality in the regional modality, reflects upon how southern actors self-conceptualize their agency within a south-south-north framework, and interrogates how one northern donor conceptualizes the ‘south’ and regions in their development practices.


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