More than thirty scholars from 22 countries of the South and Africa (Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Niger, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico) are participating in the fifth session of the South-South Summer Institute that began this week in Recife, Brazil, at the Fundação Joaquim Nambuco.. The South-South Institute is organized by APISA, CLACSO and CODESRIA within the framework of the tricontinental collaborative Programme. CLACSO, in collaboration with Fundação Joaquim Nambuco has assumed overall responsibility of hosting the current institute that will run from 21 May to 1 June, 2012. Two Latin American scholars, one from Africa and another from Asia will constitute the faculty for the Institute and they will deliver a series of lectures over the duration of the Institute. From Africa, CODESRIA has proposed Dr. Moussa Demba Dembele, who is a well known Senegalese economist, to serve as resource person. Representing Asia is Professor Julio Teehankee, APISA’s Executive Secretary who is a specialist in development. For Latin America are Dr. Juan José Ramírez Bonilla (COLMEX, México) and Dr. José Mauricio Domingues (IUPERJ, Brazil). The inaugural lecture has been given to Prof. Emir Sader, CLACSO’s Executive Secretary.
The theme of the Institute is “Rethinking development: Global and regional Alternatives for the Development in the South”. The reasons in choosing this theme has to do with the fact that in contemporary times, the difficulties and dilemmas confronted by the South have been brought out in sharp relief by the framework of debt and orthodox structural adjustment programs (SAPs) that have shaped the policy processes of most of the developing countries over the last two decades of the 20th Century. The challenges of going beyond structural adjustment and the policy orthodoxy that undermines it is therefore a matter of live concern across the South and in other parts of the world. Young scholars have been invited to rethink the democracy and development from the South considering the rights (human, gender, labor, migration, and cultural diversity, amongst others), the new articulations between politics and communicational technologies and free media (open source, open access, open data, open content, etc.), cultural identities, emancipating processes, autonomy and the potentiality of the public. As a result, the three institutions have opened up the challenge to rethink the tri-continental relationships from a level which not only includes the economic and political fundamental dimensions, but also the cultural, communicational and technological ones. It is the venture of rethinking the South integrated into the globalization from the actors and active spaces of economic, cultural and political transformation.