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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.

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A. Maupin / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
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Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, 2014
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China’s industrialization: overview – implications for Africa’s industrialization
L. Xiaoyun / Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, 2014
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D. Cissé; S. Grimm; A. Nölke / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2014
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