We are a proud founding partner of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) – a forum of think tanks and academics from the global South committed to generating and sharing knowledge on South-South approaches to international development cooperation.
NeST was established in 2014, on the sidelines of the Mexico High Level Forum on Effective Development Cooperation, and in response to the 2013 Delhi Conference of Southern Providers and subsequent meetings in Beijing. The members of the global NeST executive are the RIS (India), which is also the NeST secretariat, IPEA (Brazil), China Agricultural University and SAIIA.
The African chapter of NeST was established a year later in 2015 and we co-hosted the first meeting with Oxfam.
The chapter was set up as a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities of development cooperation in Africa.
Today, members of NeST Africa include Oxfam South Africa, Reality of Aid Africa, Afrodad, the Uganda NGO Forum, the Institute for Security Studies, the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of Johannesburg, among many others. African government agencies and multilateral organisations are also closely involved in NeST activities.
NeST Africa’s work spans analytical frameworks and toolkits, evidence-based field research in Africa, capacity-building and training services, policy support and improving data quality and availability in the arena of South-South Cooperation.
The network provides input into global and regional debates such as the African Platform for Development Effectiveness, Agenda 2063, Financing for Development, BRICS/IBSA Africa Summits and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
You can access the NeST Africa meeting reports and presentations here.