This side event is a follow-up to one organized at GSSD Expo 2017 in Antalya, Turkey. At that event NGOs and CSOs concerned with developmental and humanitarian activities were encouraged meet and share experiences of operating in developing countries worldwide. In their discussions, they focused particularly upon the lessons learned and methods developed in their operations in developing countries which have been usefully applied in their work in other developing countries. Some also described successful outcomes of their efforts in promoting self-reliance in their partner organizations in developing countries based upon experiences of working in similar socio-cultural environment in other developing countries.

The discussions were informative and produced some useful conclusions and recommendations. To translate these conclusions and recommendations into an effective programme of action, the participants agreed to form an “Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation”. They elected a 3-member Steering Committee, with a coordinator among them, to facilitate this process.

During this side event it is expected that, in addition to the expansion of the Steering Committee, the Alliance would reflect upon the last 12-months and consider the strategy it would develop for its journey on the road to the BAPA+40 Conference.

The publication South-South in Action: Scaling-up Private Sector Enterprises in OIC Member Countries, jointly produced by ICCIA and UNOSSC, will be launched at this side event.


Organizers: UNOSSC, ASSC