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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

Trilateral development cooperation: how do poor countries experience it?
S. Zondi / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2015
Development assistance is changing partly because of efforts in search of more efficient and effective ways of aid delivery linked to development effectiveness discussions taking place under the auspices of the High-Level Panel on Dev...
The dynamics of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia
H.J. Roth / Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 2015
The need to establish a proper security structure in the Asia-Pacific Region is often underlined by Western political observers. But the chances for such a structure appear to be much smaller than generally accepted. The reason l...
China-Egypt trade and investment ties – seeking a better balance
E. Scott / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2015
This policy brief examines Chinese investments in Egypt and the bi-lateral trading relationship between the two countries in order to better understand the extent of economic engagement. Since 2013, a spur in high-level diplomatic exc...
The temptations and promotion of “China Dream”: calling for Africa’s home-grown rhetoric
P. Tembe / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2015
Scholars have raised concerns that political rhetoric manifest in China-Africa relations tend to replicate China’s domestic ideals on the African continent. The exercise is witnessed in the coupling of the “Chinese Dream&r...
Preparing for FOCAC VI: China - South Africa co-operation in conservation and renewable energy
M. Burgess; H. Esterhuyse / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2015
As China’s development puts increasing pressure on the environment, various measures have been implemented both domestically and, increasingly, abroad in an attempt to limit the impact. China’s environmental engagement at an int...