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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.
Civil Society & South-South Co-operation
This project is a collaboration between activists and researchers and is highlighting how these civil society organisations (CSOs) contribute to the roles middle income countries play not just as recipients of aid, but also as innovators and providers of development cooperation. The project has drawn on a review of available literature, evidence from BRICS countries and Mexico collected by the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme. Case studies, undertaken by number of partners and organisations including Articulação SUL, PRIA and Shack/Slum Dwellers International, illustrate the role of civil society organisations cooperating across a range of contexts.
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

South Africa and China: the making of a partnership
C. Alden; Y.-S. Wu / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
South Africa–China relations are developing at a steady pace, from the onset of formal diplomatic ties in 1998 to the multi-faceted partnership we see today. Its various elements include historical links, diplomatic relations, m...
Environmental sustainability challenges in cotton value chain: how is India responding to these challenges?
P.C. Jena 2013
Promotion of environmentally-sustainable cotton has emerged as a major policy concern globally. This paper sheds light on the role of Indian government policy to ensure delivery of better and sustainable cotton production and consumpt...
Brazil in the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding: a perspective
A. Jatkar; L.M. Farlene / CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment, 2013
Brazil is the most active developing country user overall of the WTO’s DSU (Dispute Settlement Understanding). This paper highlights that Brazil has brought complaints in 25 cases, been a respondent in 14 cases and participated ...
Opportunities and challenges in rice seeds trade between India and Bangladesh
N. Jain 2013
This paper focuses on understanding the potential benefits which rice seeds trade between India and Bangladesh can bring in order to address challenges of availability and accessibility of quality rice seeds by increasing the supply i...
Peace talks between the FARC and Santos government in Colombia
D. Monteiro Dario / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS, 2014
In the second half of 2012, the government of President Juan Manuel Santos, in Colombia, started a process of peace negotiations with the illegal group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The initiative reestablishes a dial...