South-South cooperation – understood here as encompassing a wide range of initiatives developed by Southern state and non-state actors in support of individuals, communities and peoples across the Global South – is of increasing interest to states, policymakers and academics alike (i.e. Bobiash 1992; Woods 2008; Six 2009; Mawdsley 2012). Hence, Northern states have recognised – arguably especially in light of the financial crises which have led to pressures on European and North American states’ aid allocations – the extent to which Southern actors can ‘share the burden’ in funding and undertaking assistance and protection activities, and UN agencies are promoting South-South partnerships as a means of meeting the Millennium Development Goals and human development more broadly.