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Launch of new Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD)


The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other rapidly-changing and increasingly influential middle-income countries, such as Indonesia and Mexico, are now recognised as epicentres of development policy innovation, as well as drivers of global growth. Policymakers in Africa and the global North alike are moving to court these countries’ investments and to emulate their policies, whilst researchers and policy analysts are increasingly seeking to study the economic and geopolitical implications of their rise.

As intergovernmental negotiations around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discussions on future financing for development continue this week in New York, leading development experts from China, India and Brazil and the UK will be coming together in Beijing to discuss the role of the rising powers in defining and implementing a new era of global sustainable development.

The high-level event is being co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC) and China International Development Research Network (CIDRN) and will bring together experts from across a global network of policy, research and civil society partners to discuss the role for rising powers in global development.

The event will also mark the launch of the new Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD). 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.

Coinciding with the opening of the Centre, we are pleased to say that we are launching our latest Eldis email Reporter, to keep you up to date with the latest on rising powers.  Sign up to receive the Rising Powers Reporter here and don't forget to visit the Eldis Resource Guide on Rising Powers in International Development.

Just a few of the resources on rising powers on Eldis...

BRICS Insights 2: New South–South co-operation and the BRICS New Development Bank
J. Jiejin / Global Economic Governance Africa 2015
The establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) marks a milestone in BRICS co-operation and is a symbolic achievement in the reform of global financial governance. It will help to promote the financing of infrastructure amon...
Beyond the North-South divide: triangular cooperation in the new development cooperation
J. Seifert; P. de Renzio / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS 2015
International development cooperation has been changing rapidly during the last two decades. Shifts in international power constellations and a trend towards an increasing multipolarity are reflected in development cooperation institu...
Understanding the Rising Powers' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
J. Constantine; M. Pontual / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
Rising powers such as Brazil, India and China have been criticised for being obstructive in the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The start of the United Nations (UN) negotiations saw high expectations for the role of ...
African regional economic communities’ engagement with China
Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch 2014
The development of effective African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) stands to benefit African countries immensely. Transnational free trade regions, single customs unions, single markets, single currencies and other forms of pol...
China’s propositions and recommendations on the Post-2015 agenda
X. Mao / China International Development Research Network 2014
With the MDGs coming to the end by 2015, the discussions about the Post-2015 Development Agenda in the international world are becoming more and more vigorous. Many national governments, research institutes, NGOs, as well ...
The potential role of non-traditional donors’ aid in Africa
P. Kragelund / International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development 2012
Increasing South-South cooperation will result in more development assistance for African countries. This paper challenges the perception that non-traditional aid lacks transparency and contains little or any conditionality thereby un...
Rising powers, South–South co-operation and Africa
E. Sidiropoulos / South African Institute of International Affairs 2012
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan in 2011, aimed to bring emerging powers into the fold of aid effectiveness. Their incorporation was only partially achieved, yet the Forum’s outcomes signalled the s...