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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.
Rising Powers in International Development: an annotated bibliography
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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. It is is intended for a global audience of policy-makers, students, academics and researchers, and offers quick and easy familiarisation with the major English-language literature on the Rising Powers’ impact on development.

Latest Documents

Challenging development cooperation? A literature review of the approaches of the emerging powers
T. De Bruyn / Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven, 2013
Looking at existing literature, this paper discusses the major ways in which the emerging powers, in this isnstance Brazil, India, China and South Africa (the BICS) are challenging the development cooperation policies and practices of...
Brazil, India, China and South Africa in agriculture and food security in Malawi
T. De Bruyn / Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven, 2014
This paper describes the involvement of four of the so-called emerging powers - Brazil, India, China and South Africa - in development cooperation activities regarding agriculture and food security in Malawi. The prime focus is on the...
Adding new spices to development cooperation. Brazil, India, China and South Africa in health, agriculture and food security
T. De Bruyn / Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven, 2013
In recent years, the four so-called emerging powers or economies - Brazil, India, China and South Africa (the BICS) - have gained considerable academic, policy and media attention for their activities in development cooperation. Some ...
Mechanics of intra-industry trade and FTA implications for India in RCEP
R.U. Das; J.D. Dubey / Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2014
Worldwide, free trade agreements (FTAs) have remained a debatable issue. This paper tries to demystify the recent myths that have surrounded the FTA strategy of India, especially as part of the Look East Policy. The paper does this by...
Red cloud rising: cloud computing in China
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2013
In recent years the Chinese government has prioritized the development of cloud computing technology with the twin goals of expanding Chinese military and civilian access to cloud computing information technology (IT) resources and cr...