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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

Urban LandMark review 2007/2008
Urban LandMark, 2008
The goal of “Urban Landmark” programme, which was set up in 2006, is to shift policies and practice in South Africa towards improving poorer people’s access to well-located urban land, by making markets and land gove...
2008-2010 Urban Landmark annual report
Urban LandMark, 2010
Urban Landmark initiative is based in South Africa and works to find remedies to the problems that have made urban land markets dysfunctional, and hence land unaffordable. This report reviews Urban Landmark’s activities for the ...
Research briefing: explaining the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil: 1995 - 2012
International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa, 2014
Long one of the world’s most unequal countries, Brazil has experienced a significant reduction in income inequality since macroeconomic stabilisation around 1994-1995. After the Brazilian economy was stabilised in the mid...
A more level playing field? Explaining the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil, 1995 - 2012
F.H.G. Ferreira; S.P. Firpo; J. Messina / International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa, 2014
Long one of the world’s most unequal countries, Brazil has experienced a non-trivial reduction in income inequality since macroeconomic stabilisation around 1994-1995. The decline was particularly pronounced since 2003, a period...
Research briefing: taxation, redistribution and the social contract in Brazil
International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa, 2014
The current Brazilian tax system is beset by complexity and inefficiencies. In distributional terms, the tax system is neutral in the sense that rates of tax are roughly similar across the income distribution. Proposals for more subst...