WHAT IS THE GLOBAL SOUTH?


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GLOSACI understands “the Global South” not as a hemispheric, geographical term but as a broad term referencing those countries and regions that do not – generally – enjoy global hegemony or influence in terms of political, economic, military and cultural power.

​The Global South includes all the countries of Africa, all Asian countries other than Japan, all countries in Latin America and Central America, as well as Mexico, all countries in the Pacific Islands region, all countries in the Caribbean region, all countries in the Arab region, all indigenous communities in the Global North (e.g. first people nations in Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand, on the understanding that many of these indigenous communities continue to be marginalised and have their cultures suppressed within their countries that were colonised) as well as individuals – and their organisations – from the above regions now living in the Global North, but who still identify with/are connected to their country of origin (including migrants and refugees).

WHAT IS MEANT BY GLOBAL SOUTH INITIATIVE?


By defining this as a Global South Civil Society Initiative, it is specifically meant that:

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1. The leadership of the Initiative will come from civil society structures and practices within the regions, countries and communities listed above

2. Full membership of the Initiative will be granted to civil society stakeholders and actors from these regions, countries and communities

3. The vision, strategic direction and tactics will be determined by stakeholders and actors from these regions, countries and communities

4. The coordination and management of the Initiative will be located within these regions, countries and communities and,

5. Where partnerships with Global North agencies, funders and collaborators are formed, these will be conducted on the basis that they subscribe to this understanding of the Global South.

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