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Research Report

Proceedings Report on IGD Symposium:: Trilateral Cooperation

Compiled by Kenny Dlamini
Copyright Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Pages: 13

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  1. (pp. [ii]-[ii])
  2. (pp. [iii]-[iii])
  3. (pp. 2-2)

    On the 27th October 2015, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in partnership with the UK Department of International Development (DFID), hosted its first symposium on trilateral cooperation. This formed an important component of an ongoing research project that aims to provide critical insights into the international politics of development diplomacy and its implications for South Africa.

    The symposium offered conceptual and empirical analyses on research conducted by a range of scholars on trilateral cooperation, including a presentation on key findings of a research report commissioned by the national treasury and co-authored by Mr. Daniel Chiwandamira on South Africa’s trilateral...

  4. (pp. 3-5)

    The objectives of Mr. Chiwandamira’s study was to map out South Africa’s trilateral activities from 2004 to 2014, to reflect on South Africa’s management of trilateral cooperation, review results achieved and the value of activities, and to provide recommendations for the future. In defining the meaning of trilateral cooperation and the methodology of the study, Mr. Chiwandamira argued that there is no universally accepted definition of trilateral cooperation. For South Africa, trilateral cooperation is “defined as jointly planned and implemented development cooperation by three partners, driven by South Africa. The triangular partnership includes a primary resource partner (either a member...

  5. (pp. 5-6)

    In this session Dr Philani Mthembu presented on ‘Trilateral Cooperation through the eyes of the OECD and its members: motives, conditions and challenges’. He stated that the OECD has been working on typologies of trilateral cooperation, and that there is a huge interest on what is happening with SADPA. Some of the points that came out of his presentation include the following; the current German government has been evaluating its trilateral projects, which are mostly taking place in Latin America; however it may be interesting to observe whether they will actively look for new African partners. According to Dr Mthembu,...

  6. (pp. 7-7)

    The Institute for Global Dialogue will continue to disseminate contents of Mr. Chiwandamira’s research on the IGD website, which will include the presentation done on the day of the symposium and the full report once it becomes available for public dissemination. The papers presented in the roundtable discussion will also be made available to the public in 2016 through a special book publication on trilateral cooperation. As countries such as South Africa continue to increase their involvement in development diplomacy, this is an area of research which must continue to be explored, especially given its potential for fostering global partnerships...

  7. (pp. 8-10)