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INSouth: an Intellectual Network for the South
INSouth embodies an understanding, from a South perspective, of the new and emerging issues in the international arena, and the challenges and opportunities they pose for the South. INSouth aims to serve as a reference point for the South for:
• Analysis of existing development paradigms, imbalances in the current global system, and the limits they pose to the development and policy space of the South.
• Alternative solutions that address the development needs and priorities of the South.
• Promoting new forms of South-South and South-North cooperation.
The Network brings together intellectuals from the global South amongst policymakers, research and academia, the media, the private sector and civil society. The Network is inspired by the work of the South Commission. The Report of the South Commission -- emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience, nor its bargaining power.
INSouth encourages all colleagues from the global South (those in the South and the North who are open to and share the southern perspective) to participate in activities of the Network.
INSouth has been conceived and initiated by Mr. Vikas Nath, Coordinator - South Intellectual Platform and is currently hosted by South Centre , the Geneva-based intergovernmental policy thinktank of the developing countries. H.E Mr. Benjamin W. Mkapa, President of Tanzania (1995-2005) is the Chairman of the South Centre and Dr. Yash Tandon is its Executive Director.
Several people have provided support in setting up this network. In particular, INSouth acknowledges the work of Ms. Véronique Angelini (Italy), Ms. Lindsay Anderson (USA), Ms. Petya Boevska (Bulgaria), Mr. Andrew Briedenbach (USA), Ms. Xin Cui (China), Ms. Kalyani Unkule (India), Mr. Mike Upton (UK), Ms. Eshrat Waris (Bangladesh), Mr. Julian Weinrib (Canada) and Ms. Petra Zeier (Switzerland). Special thanks to Mr. Adiano Timossi (Brazil) for his contribution to South-South timeline and database of intergovernmental organizations.
South Centre thanks Ford Foundation for its grant under the South Intellectual Platform which provided the initial setup support to INSouth.