FAQs

South-South News Inc., has closed its media operation and all other initiatives related to the Global Development Agenda.


Q: What does ‘South-South’ mean?

A: South-South is a term used in the development community describing cooperation or engagement between countries of the global South. It is a more modern and politically appropriate variation of the term ‘Third World,’ and encompasses the countries of the developing world – most of which are in the Southern hemisphere, hence ‘global South.’ Much of our coverage examines how South-South Cooperation is emerging as an integral part of development work, as countries of the South become increasingly active in helping each other address economic, social and environmental challenges. Read more about The Global South

Q: And ‘Triangular Cooperation’?

A:  Triangular Cooperation is the social, political and economic dynamic between two or more countries of the global South with another actor (or actors) from the North. It represents the growing power of developing countries as they engage more constructively with the developed world, going beyond traditional concepts of ‘North-South’ bilateral trade.

Q: Why cover the global South?

A: Despite widespread availability of information and communications technologies worldwide, finding positive stories about the developing world is difficult. Most of the focus in mainstream news is negative and overly-political, and too often ignores the human dimensions of poverty, conflict, and inequality. South-South News is a media platform that tells the stories of the people, governments, UN system, civil society and private sector actors who are making a difference and working towards sustainable development in the global South and beyond. More importantly, we believe it is essential to bridge the digital divide between actors in the South and North, making global partnerships and cooperation more feasible and effective.

Q: What is your relationship to the United Nations?

A: We are an independent media platform focused on covering and disseminating information about the United Nations, its work, and the broader global development landscape, in addition to other global stakeholders in the private and public sectors. South-South News does not belong to the United Nations System. We are accredited and have been formally recognized by the United Nations and world governments for exemplary work supporting the UN’s development agenda, in both journalism and our role in facilitating public-private cooperation. South-South News is an initiative launched during the sixteenth session of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. We recognize the United Nations and its agencies, programs and funds essential players in global development.

Q: What are Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and why facilitate them?

A: The “old ways” of promoting development, such as strictly through donor aid from rich countries and intergovernmental organizations, is losing its effectiveness. While development aid is still essential for least developed countries, governments are needing to find ways to supplement the declining share of aid that rich countries are giving. By turning to mutually-beneficial partnerships with the private sector, countries are seeing the bonus of increased investment from companies and businesses, while also broadening access to international markets. This phenomenon isn’t new, but it is certainly growing rapidly, and proponents will need a platform to discuss and debate and refine public-private partnerships.

In addition, South-South News works to establish partnerships with public and private entities, while facilitating partnerships between and among governments, international institutions, and private businesses, as a way to help promote greater sustainable development and financing options for countries around the world.

Q: Where is your content published?

A: All of our original material is published on our website, www.SouthSouthNews.com, and shared with partners online. It is produced and edited in broadcast quality 1080i HD by our in-house team of reporters, cameramen and producers. We also work with some national governments and international organizations that share our news content on their broadcast systems under specific terms and conditions.

Q: Who is the South-South News audience?

A: South-South News tailors its content to be accessible to anyone interested in global development. Our audience is broad, reaching high-ranking government officials, top United Nations personnel, civil society groups, development experts, students, as well as everyday people around the world who have an interest in positive news from the global South.

Q: Where are your headquarters?

A: South-South News is headquartered in New York City right in the heart of the Midtown East, where United Nations offices are evenly spread among foreign missions, major businesses, and non-governmental organizations, helping make this area one of the most important locations for international relations and diplomacy. 

South-South News also has offices in the Headquarters of the United Nations where we regularly engage senior leaders from the UN, governments, private sector, and civil society.