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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

National Development Banks in the BRICS: Lessons for the Post-2015 Development Finance Framework
S. Spratt; B. Barone / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
In 2015, the framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be agreed. As described in the outcome document of the United Nations (UN) Rio+20 conference, The Future We Want, the mobilisation and effective use of sta...
Increased Chinese engagement in South Africa’s economy – strategies, opportunities and future implications
Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2015
China and South Africa’s relationship has deepened in recent years. Extensive political structures, such as South Africa’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement with China, provide opportunities for bettering local...
Rising powers in international development: the state of the debate in South Africa
N. Grobbelaar / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
South Africa occupies an interesting position in the international development debate. On the one hand, as Africa’s most developed, diversified and, until recently, largest economy representing close to one-third of sub-Saharan ...
China’s engagement in international development cooperation: the state of the debate
Y. Zhang; J. Gu; Y. Chen / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
This Evidence report aims to investigate the recent evolution of China’s discourse on development and aid. More precisely, how do China’s policymakers and influential scholars understand and debate China’s role in th...
The BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement and its position in the emerging global financial architecture
N. Cattaneo; D. Fryer; M. Biziwick / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
In its present shape and size the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) should be regarded as symbolic and exploratory rather than as a substantive challenger to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the momentum of the...