South-South Cooperation for Democratic Development: CSO Key Messages and Policy Recommendations Key Messages * The human rights and democratic framework of SSC should be strengthened.

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South-South Cooperation for
Democratic Development:
CSO Key Messages and Policy
Recommendations
Key Messages
* The human rights and democratic framework of SSC
should be strengthened so that the acclaimed
advantage of Southern donors in terms of their avowed
respect for national sovereignty and policy of noninterference is not abused.
* Democratic ownership must be the core principle of
SSC
* South -South people’s solidarity should be at the heart
of SSC. It must be based on principles of solidarity,
mutual benefit, and people’s empowerment
* SSC should be encouraged and promoted at
various levels, with adequate and structured
support from developed countries and the UN.
* SSC must be supportive of and foster conditions
for self-reliant and sustainable development.
Promote SSDC as a strategy by which all peoples
and countries of the South pursue economic
independence and self-reliance based on shared
interests, common objectives and solidarity
* SSDC must support creating an enabling environment for
CSOs
* Newly emerging donors in the context of SSC are welcome, but
it remains critically important to guard against the threat of
creating or reinforcing existing dependencies, especially in the
case of countries that are regional powers and which might
develop SSC programs to carve their own zones of influence.
To prevent this, it must be framed by a broad agenda drawn
from South-South political alliances that are based
on alternative models of Southern sustainable development,
taking a more holistic vision and encompassing all forms of
cooperation and financing for development including aid,
trade, debt relief, foreign investment, domestic resource
mobilization etc. Promote horizontal SSC
Policy Recommendations
1. Align to national development and poverty reduction
strategies, designed in a broad and inclusive manner.
2. Governments and multilateral institutions must
facilitate multi-stakeholder processes including
planning, monitoring and evaluation of development
programs/projectsand engagement at all levels.
3. Recipient governments, including their people, must
have the freedom to apply their own country
systems and standards to SSC projects as appropriate
to their priorities and needs.
4. No policy conditionality.
5. Technical Assistance should be demanddriven.
6. Adhere to and implement the highest
standards of openness and transparency.
Indicators for evaluating the social and
environmental risks and actual impacts of SSC
should be developed
7. SSC government must establish a new debt
architecture that is inclusive, participatory
and democratically accountable to the
peoples it aims to serve.
8. Establish a more equitable, transparent and
inclusive aid governance system
encompassing DAC donors, emerging donor
countries, developing country governments
and CSOs.
9. Debt cancellation from southern creditors
found to be odious or illegitimate, which is in
line with a global CSO call to cancel all such
debt.
10. SSC best practices should be studied and
promoted, not just among developing
countries, but also among developed
countries and multilateral institutions.

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