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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.
Civil Society & South-South Co-operation
This project is a collaboration between activists and researchers and is highlighting how these civil society organisations (CSOs) contribute to the roles middle income countries play not just as recipients of aid, but also as innovators and providers of development cooperation. The project has drawn on a review of available literature, evidence from BRICS countries and Mexico collected by the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme. Case studies, undertaken by number of partners and organisations including Articulação SUL, PRIA and Shack/Slum Dwellers International, illustrate the role of civil society organisations cooperating across a range of contexts.
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

BRICS-cities and the issue of social mobility: attraction of capital and the right to the city
S. Veloso / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS, 2014
The consolidation of a group of countries, like the BRICS nations, as strong global players demonstrates to the whole world that mobility is a real possibility in the international arena. What the BRICS grouping does not make c...
Will the BRICS provide the global public goods the world needs?
Z. Hou; J. Keane; D.W. te Velde / Overseas Development Institute, 2014
The demand for global economic governance is increasing in a globalising and increasingly interlinked economy. Yet global governance, a global public good, is currently undersupplied – and this (e.g. lack of global rules on trad...
Creating incentives for green economic growth: green energy in South Africa
L. Wentworth / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Green economic growth is constructed around six main sectors: green or renewables energies; green and energy-efficient buildings; clean transportation; water management and conservation; waste management, including recycling; and land...
BRICS in the World Trade Organization: comparative trade policies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
In the light of the great uncertainties surrounding the current global political and economic situation, the role of emerging countries has been the focus of growing academic interest. From 2006 onwards, the BRICS countries - Brazil, ...
Ethiopia and BRICS: a bilateral trade analysis
South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Ethiopia is currently the 70th largest economy in the world. With an average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of about 9.9% between 2004 and 2011, it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This paper exami...