“The Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation (ANCSSC) is headed by Dr Husna Ahmad OBE. It was formed following discussions at the Ninth Global South-South Development Expo in Antalya, Turkey, in 2017 where it was recognised that NGOs and CSOs have a large role to play in enhancing South-South Cooperation to meet the SDGs.
The official launch of the Alliance took place in November 2018 in New York, at the second GSSD Expo where Dr Husna Ahmad was chosen to be the coordinator for the Alliance.”
The Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation is the International Network of NGOs and CSOs which works in collaboration with the UNOSSC to enhance civil society’s understanding of the value of South-South Cooperation in developmental, humanitarian and related spheres.
It encourages the sharing of knowledge, expertise and contextually appropriate technologies and assets among NGOs and CSOs, particularly those that have been developed in their respective organizational and operational experiences in developing countries.
While conceptually South-South cooperation is not new, it was reinvigorated at the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 1978. The Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA), adopted at that conference, has lent policy and operational guidance to governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders in promoting SSC modalities in their humanitarian and development efforts, with commendable outcomes.
The ANCSSC are working closely alongside the United Nations’ Office for South-South Cooperation and seek to work together to capacity build and empower organisations within the Global South through the sharing and exchange of knowledge, resources, skills, expertise and innovative ideas to quicken the speed of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and to make a dent in the contribution and potential NGOs and CSOs have in combating global poverty through strengthening solidarity, collaboration and partnership, which speaks directly to SDG 17.