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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.
Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development
This week we see the launch of the new Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, Building on the work of the IDS, (UK) Rising Powers in International Development programme, CRPD will conduct and facilitate 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. Find out more here

Coinciding with the opening of the Centre, we are pleased to say that we are launching our new Eldis email Reporter, to keep you up to date with the latest on rising powers. Sign up to receive the Rising Powers in International Development Reporter here.

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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.

Latest Documents

Deepening India’s engagement with Africa through better Market Access
Knowledge Partnership Programme, 2015
In order to provide ‘trade’ stimulus to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), India launched a Duty-Free Tariff Preferences (DFTP) scheme in 2008. DFTP scheme provides duty free treatment to about 98 per cent of tariff lines a...
Opportunities, risks and recommendations for unconventional gas in China’s environmental transformation
I. Granoff; S. Pickard; J. Doczi; R. Calow / Overseas Development Institute, 2015
This paper analyses literature on the risks and opportunities posed by shale gas in China, and also what policy environment could maximise the opportunity and minimise the risk.  It also analyses China’s current policies an...
In the shadow of previous COPS: COP17’s mixed bag of outcomes
U. Salifu / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2012
Depending on perceptions, South Africa either had the enviable or the unpleasant task of organising, hosting and ensuring a credible outcome for the 17 th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) C...
What future for BASIC? The emerging powers dimension in the international politics of climate change negotiations
L. Masters / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2012
In Copenhagen 2009, the UNFCCC climate negotiations saw the rise of the emerging powers of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) as they assumed a leading role in realizing the final outcome in the shape of the Copenhagen Acco...
BRICS partnership: a case of South- South cooperation? Exploring the roles of South Africa and Africa
C. Moore / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2013
The BRICS partnership is developing rapidly. Current global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialised economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the group, and its individual members, ...