New “BRICS in International Development” book lauded in Beijing

19 December 2016

"BRICS in International Development”, published earlier this year by the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development and Palgrave Macmillan was lauded by former World Bank Chief Economist and Vice President, Justin Lin at the inaugural Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) conference in Beijing last week.

Justin Yifu Lin at the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) inaugural conference, which saw the launch of the book

“BRICS in International Development”, edited by international development experts Jing Gu, Alex Shankland, and Anuradha Chenoy, presents a cutting-edge analysis of the broader geopolitical shifts, distinctive ideologies and normative discourses that are influencing and informing the BRICS' (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) engagement in increasingly ambitious joint projects. It offers a comprehensive comparative perspective on the increasingly significant development cooperation activities of the BRICS, providing a powerful set of insights into the drivers for engagement within each country.

Justin Yifu Lin, who is now Director of the Centre for New Structural Economics, said:
“Congratulations to IDS and all the authors of the book for this timely publication. Beside the financial importance of emerging economies for global devdlopment, what this book acutely emphasises is the crucial role of ideas behind the BRICS' involvement in global governance.”

Professor Lin was speaking alongside Dr K.Y. Amaoko and Dr Maddalena Procopio at the Beijing launch of the book last week, during the inaugural conference of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST).

Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) inagural conference

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is one of the founding members of GReCEST whose inaugural conference took place between 12-14 December in Beijing.

Organised jointly by the Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Global Research Consortium is one pillar of the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for SSC (GTTN) (PDF) supported by UNDP and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

This coalition of think tank networks will help to advance the research agenda on economic structural transformation, by connecting existing think tank networks and centres of excellence from developing and developed countries.

Dr Procopio, Research Officer at the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CPRD), based at IDS, was invited to represent the centre, introduce the work of the Centre and contribute to the deliberations to agree on the Consortium’s Bylaws and Work Plan. 

Image: Justin Yifu Lin speaking at the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) inagural conference. Credit: M.Procopio - IDS