Internationalism and Solidarity

Southern Responses to Displacement

Throughout history, assistance for people affected by conflict and displacement has been provided by state and non-state groups across the global South. How does ‘solidarity based’ humanitarianism influence Southern led responses to displacement? In the first of our introductory mini blog series Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents a brief reflection on the history of internationalism and solidarity based initiatives.

Internationalism and Solidarity

By Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Southern Responses to Dispacement.

At times, state-led responses to displacement have been justified through reference to what is known as ‘South-South Cooperation’: processes through which states from the global South work together to complement one another’s abilities and resources, based on principles including ‘solidarity,’ ‘reciprocity’ and ‘mutual respect’. South-South cooperation is often seen as a way of enabling Southern actors to break down barriers and structural inequalities created by colonial powers, and is also often presented as providing an alternative mode of response to that implemented…

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