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Rising Powers such as Brazil, India, China, and South Africa, once predominantly regarded as aid recipient countries, are now becoming more active as donors in their own right, raising important issues for debates on the future of international development cooperation.

Some of the Rising Powers have developed innovative strategies which have achieved considerable social development gains in their home countries, leading researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to analyse ways of learning from their experiences and applying these lessons elsewhere, particularly in Africa. In addition to exchanges supported by traditional bilateral and multilateral donors, these countries are increasingly active in sharing their experiences directly through ‘South-South Cooperation’.

This guide looks at research outputs in key thematic areas covering the role of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and other ‘emerging’ or ‘Rising Powers’ in international development, and their impact on poverty reduction and social development in low-income countries.
The International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa
What can African countries learn from Brazil’s inclusive growth and development? The International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa (IRIBA), based at the University of Manchester in the UK, brings together an international team of researchers who are examining how lessons from Brazil's development experience can be learned and adapted for African countries. Their outputs pull together a discussion on whether there is a Brazilian model of development.

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Rising Powers in International Development: an annotated bibliography
The Rising Powers – a category that includes the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as well as other key countries such as Mexico, Turkey and Indonesia – are establishing themselves as an influential presence in the global development landscape. This bibliography builds on the work of the ‘BRICS Initiative’, a horizon-scanning project supported by the UK's Institute of Development Studies' Tomorrow Today fund, and the DFID-funded Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme.

Latest Documents

Building an African corporate governance
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Developing a suitable system of corporate governance is an important priority for Africa. Corporate governance is underdeveloped on the continent – outside particular pockets – but the emerging system reflects a mix o...
Will rising democracies adopt pro-human rights foreign policies?
T. Piccone / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
As democratisation unfolded in countries such as Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa, it was hoped that these states would find common ground with more established democracies. While emerging and established democracies have col...
Global health in foreign policy - and foreign policy in health? Evidence from the BRICS
N.F. Watt; E.J. Gomez; M. McKee / Health Policy and Planning, 2014
Amidst the growing literature on global health, much has been written recently about the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) countries and their involvement and potential impact in global health, particularly in relatio...
Private investment and international development: the Brazilian experience
M. Assunção; G.Z. Gomes; P. Esteves / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS, 2014
This Monitor discusses the increasing tendency that links development cooperation initiatives with private investment. Departing from two perspectives, one which identifies this association as ‘uncomfortable friends’ and t...
Urban LandMark review 2007/2008
Urban LandMark, 2008
The goal of “Urban Landmark” programme, which was set up in 2006, is to shift policies and practice in South Africa towards improving poorer people’s access to well-located urban land, by making markets and land gove...