Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development

The BRICS 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.

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The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD) conducts and facilitates research on:

  • the impact of the BRICS and other rapidly-changing and increasingly influential middle-income countries on low-income countries
  • the need for the restructuring of global development institutions and global public goods, such as the environment, food, and health
  • the future of Development Studies research and training.

Our research takes a political economy approach at global, national, and community-levels of analysis, to explore the effects of new alliances and coalitions, the impact for development, sustainability and global governance issues, in the context of rapid change.

The centre builds on the work of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme, and brings together experts our global network of policy, research, business and civil society partners to produce new thinking and practical policy guidance on effective approaches to engagement and mutual learning.

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Research focus areas

Taking the overarching research question of "How do the rising powers influence the policy options and the policy opportunities in the development world", specific research areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Development finance and new financial institutions
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Health
  • Restructuring of global governance

The strength of Centre lies in its comparative and interdisciplinary focus of research.

Links with the University of Sussex

The Centre works with the following collegues from the Unversity of Sussex:

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Brazil and International Development Cooperation

Brazil is a founding member of the BRICS group, Latin America's largest economy and the world's sixth-largest economy. The Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme is looking at Brazil's growing role in the field of international development cooperation. More details

BRICS Economic Engagement Footprint Study

This project investigated the nature of economic relations between the BRICS and Africa, in order to quantify the development footprint, focusing on various elements such as trade, investment. finance, ODA and migration. The current phase aims to look at development finance and the role of BRICS development banks. More details

Business from the BRICS

The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of business from the BRICS countries in the field of international development cooperation. More details

China and International Development Cooperation

China is now the African continent's biggest trading partner, and also involved in a wide range of development cooperation projects including in agriculture, health and social policy. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of China in the field of international development cooperation. More details

China-UK Cooperation on African Trade and Investment for Poverty Reduction

This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes. More details

Civil society and the BRICS

The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of civil society from the BRICS countries in the field of international development cooperation. More details

India and International Development Cooperation

Trade and investment linkages between India and the African continent have been growing rapidly, and recently, its role providing foreign assistance has become more prominent. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of India in the field of international development cooperation. More details

Rising Powers Young Researchers Network (RP-YOUR)

Initially bringing together PhD students and early-career researchers exploring the role of rising powers in international development from across IDS and the University of Sussex, the Rising Powers-Young Researchers Network seeks to expand within Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development global networks. More details

Russia and International Development Cooperation

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was redefined as an aid recipient, but in 2007, it officially signalled its intention to reverse this role. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of Russia in the field of international development cooperation More details

South Africa and International Development Cooperation

The most recent BRICS member, officially joining in 2011, South Africa has since become a core component of the grouping and keen to establish itself as a rising power. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of South Africa in the field of international development cooperation. More details

Who Drives Climate Policies in the Rising Powers?

This project is concerned with the political economy analysis of climate change policies. The central question of the project is who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies. More details

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