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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

Cambodia: between China and Japan
C Vannarith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2009
China and Japan play a significant role in socio-economic development in Cambodia particularly in terms of infrastructure and human resources development. Cambodia has stronger economic relations with China than Japan. Japan plays mor...
Puzzling over the pieces: regional integration and the African Peer Review Mechanism
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Regional integration has long been recognised as an important vehicle for Africa’s development; currently, the African Union (AU) officially intends achieving a continent-wide common market by 2023 and a currency union by 2018. ...
How can ASEAN centrality in East Asian community be maintained?
H Sarith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2012
Although the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the hub of regionalism in East Asia, ASEAN centrality is under pressure of this regionalization process. It could be weakened under the transformation process of instituti...
Crouching tiger, hidden dragon? China and Africa: engaging the world's next superpower
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT), 2007
Chinese trade and assistance to Africa resumed markedly at the end of the Cold War and has grown exponentially since. China’s pragmatic policy focus on economic issues in Africa has been met with rising concern by other powers, ...
Development Banks from the BRICS
B. Barone; S. Spratt / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
The BRIC acronym was created at the beginning of the 2000s to represent a group of four fast-growing economies –Brazil, Russia, India and China – and was changed to BRICS in December 2010 with the inclusion of South Africa...