Friday, August 8, 2008

Benjamin W. Mkapa Launches the INSouth

8 August 2008: Mr. Benjamin W. Mkapa, the former President of Tanzania and the Chairperson of the South Centre today launched the Intellectual Network for the South (INSouth) at the opening session of the Fourth South Intellectual Platform at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, on the outskirts of Geneva.

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.
It is envisaged that the INSouth will 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.

INSouth is currently hosted by South Centre , the Geneva-based intergovernmental policy thinktank of the developing countries.

For more details, write to Mr. Vikas Nath, Coordinator, the Intellectual Network for the South (INSouth), Geneva.