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Rising powers and South-South development cooperation

Rising Powers' role as development actors and donors in their own right, horizontal ‘South-South Cooperation’, and ‘Triangular/Trilateral Cooperation’, where South-South Cooperation is facilitated and/or funded by a ‘Northern’ donor country.

About rising powers and South-South development cooperation

Rising Powers such as the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have been engaged in official and non-official development cooperation for decades, but their role as development actors has only recently been acknowledged by the development community.  Countries that were once predominantly regarded as aid recipients  are now becoming more active as donors in their own right. In addition to bilateral and multilateral donor activity, these countries are increasingly active in sharing their experiences directly with other countries through horizontal ‘South-South Cooperation’, or through ‘Triangular/Trilateral Cooperation’, where South-South Cooperation is facilitated and/or funded by a ‘Northern’ donor country.

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