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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

Imagining South Africa’s Foreign Investment Regulatory Regime in a Global Context
A. Langalanga / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
International trade and investment have been around for a long time. The quest for resources has manifested itself through trade and, as time evolved, has been realised through wars of conquest, friendship, commerce and navigation tre...
Corporate concentration and food security in South Africa: Is the commercial agro-food system delivering?
S. Greenberg / Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, 2015
This paper argues that although the current agro-food system in South Africa has the technical and organisational capacity to meet domestic food needs, there are major problems with access to food and with the nutrient content of exis...
Working paper exploring how Development Finance Institutes and governments can encourage much needed private sector climate resilience investment
C. Trabacchi; F. Mazza / Climate Policy Initiative, 2015
With climate change and extreme weather expected to increase risks to businesses, including their supply chains, productivity, revenues, and credit-ratings, climate resilience is a topic that should be a high priority to the private s...
Mining value chains and green growth in South Africa: A conflictual but intertwined relationship
G. Montmasson - Clair / Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2015
The development of mining value chains is conflictual but deeply intertwined with the goal of sustainable development.  The response of mining value chains to the shift to a green economy cannot be business-as-usual and requires ...
Re-examining India's nuclear doctrine
P. Das / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2015
The Indian Government announced its formal nuclear doctrine on 4 January 2003, almost five years after testing its nuclear weapons capability in May 1998. While the one-page document was vague and subject to interpretation, what was c...