What are the consequences of the creation of new groupings of emerging economies with a strong emphasis on South-South cooperation? How do we get civil society involved in high level political debates?
The India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit will be held in Brasilia, Brazil on the 15th of April. IBSA is a trilateral, developmental initiative between India, Brazil and South Africa to strengthen South-South cooperation and policy dialogue and coordination among these major emerging countries.
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 4th Academic Forum (12th & 13th of April 2010) in Brasilia. The Academic forum is a supplementary environment to the Summit of the Heads of State, widening the discussion by giving voice to specialists, policy advisors, researchers and empowering civil society agents. The outputs of the Forum will be formally reported at the Summit of Heads of State, making the event an extraordinary opportunity to engage in the policy making debate of the global South. A final report is also expected to be prepared and disseminated to a global audience.
IPC-IG believes that the voice of civil society is crucial to this debate, aspiring to expand the dialogue from acting solely as an inter-governmental discussion towards creating an environment for all parties. IPC-IG is therefore helping to facilitate a constructive and open debate for increasing alignment in social development and inclusive growth in high level political talks of the Global South.
We want your voice to be heard, we know that there is much to be said in terms of development in the IBSA countries, and also the impact of their policies for other countries. Where does your voice come in? Join the discussion online!!
You are encouraged to contribute with your thoughts and ideas concerning the following questions around the IBSA Summit and the Academic Forum:
- What is the role of the emerging countries in shaping world politics?
- How can India, Brazil and South Africa strengthen cooperation in key issues on the global agenda?
- How can an enhanced policy dialogue contribute to the promotion of inclusive growth in the South?
- In which ways an improved dialogue among developing countries can contribute to the implementation of effective policies towards the achievement of inclusive growth and human development?
The Academic Forum will serve as a unique opportunity to bring pressing development issues into the highest level policy debate with the aim of giving inputs to the implementation of effective inclusive growth strategies. Panels and presentations will cover a wide array of topics, namely:
- The role of cash transfers
- The role of employment programmes
- Health Innovation, intellectual property rights and access to essential drugs
- The role and potential of IBSA as a plurilateralist arrangement
Your ideas and comments will contribute to the policy dialogue being promoted by the Academic Forum! Join the debate and support IPC-IG promote civil society voices into major political negotiations!