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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.

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CPRD Building on the work of the IDS, (UK) Rising Powers in International Development programme, the Centre for Rising Powers and Global DevelopmentCRPD conducts and facilitates research on the impact of the BRICS, and other rapidly-changing and increasingly influential middle-income countries, on international development, global public goods and for the future of development studies research and training.

Coinciding with the opening of the Centre, our Eldis email Reporter, aims keep you up to date with the latest on rising powers. Sign up to receive the Rising Powers in International Development Reporter here.
Rising Powers in International Development: an annotated bibliography
For a detailed overview of issues around rising powers, take a look at this bibliography which 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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Financing pattern of Indian corporate sector under liberalisation: with focus on acquiring firms abroad
P.L. Beena / Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India, 2011
Indian corporate sector has experienced a paradigm shift over the last two decades with the initiation of certain measures of financial liberalisation. As a result of these policy changes, the ratio of Indian FDI outflows to Indi...
The last golden land? Chinese private companies go to Africa
J. Gu / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2012
A new dynamic presence is spreading rapidly and widely across Africa: that of Chinese private enterprises. For these firms, Africa is ‘the last golden land’ of economic opportunity. Based on the most extensive survey to da...
Firm behaviour and the introduction of new exports: evidence from Brazil
X. Cirera; A. Marin; R. Markwald / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2012
One of the main objectives of economic development policy is to achieve export diversification. This paper contributes to understanding the process of export diversification by analysing firm level determinants in Brazil during the pe...
Negotiating new relationships: how the Ethiopian state is involving China and Brazil in agriculture and rural development
D. Alemu; I. Scoones / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2013
This article provides an overview of Brazilian and Chinese agricultural development cooperation activities in Ethiopia. In the context of a highly aid-dependent country, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has developed an effecti...
Chinese agriculture development cooperation in Africa: narratives and politics
L. Buckley / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2013
Chinese agriculture engagements are redefining the 'aid‘ landscape, moving from a paradigm of development assistance to one of development cooperation mixed with investment. China‘s leadership asserts that this approach in...