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Rising Powers in International Development Programme

Poverty reduction in low-income countries is increasingly influenced by the rising powers, a category that includes the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as regional powers such as Mexico and Indonesia. Their importance is likely to grow still further as the financial crisis and longer-term global economic and political shifts reduce the relative weight of established donor countries such as the UK.

Chinese and African workers on the construction site of a station and railway which is part of a devlopment aid project by China in Angola in exchange for petroleum.Credit: Dieter Telemans / Panos.

The Rising Powers in International Development programme, led by IDS Fellow Jing Gu, is developing an evidence-base around the role of these countries in development and producing practical policy guidance on effective approaches for engaging with them.

There will be a particular focus on exploring these countries' contribution to global public goods, starting with a study of key sectors, such as energy, where the global public good is climate change mitigation, and examine the political and institutional drivers and barriers for action.

The programme draws on IDS' strong existing networks in rising power countries, in the research community, civil society and government, building on the work of the BRICS Initiative (est 2011), a hub of research, learning and knowledge sharing on the role of the BRICS countries in international development cooperation.

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Alex Shankland - Research Fellow

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Anuradha Joshi - Team Leader

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Deepta Chopra - Research Fellow

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Sachin Chaturverdi - Senior International Associate

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Gerry Bloom - Research Fellow

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Hayley MacGregor - Research Fellow

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Hubert Schmitz - Professorial Fellow

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Jennifer Constantine -

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Jeremy Allouche - Research Fellow

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Jing Gu - Research Fellow

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John Humphrey - Professorial Fellow

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Louise Oakley - Programme Administrative Coordinator

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Ambuj Sagar - Senior International Associate

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Professor Xuilan Zhang, Senior International Associate with the Rising Powers in International Development programme and Director, Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University.

Xiulan Zhang - Senior International Associate

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Rômulo Paes de Sousa, Director of the World Centre for Sustainable Development, the Rio+ Centre and Senior International Associate with the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme

Rômulo Paes de Sousa - Senior International Associate

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Rosalind Eyben - Professorial Fellow

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Yunnan Chen - Research Officer

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Advisory Council and Network Development

The RPID Programme aims to provide high-level guidance on key debates in international development policy and on how IDS and its partner organisations can best influence these debates through research and other activittes. More details

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

Development Studies Learning Partnership

The Development Studies Learning Partnership under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers. 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

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

Senior International Associates Programme and Mutual Learning

The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is bringing Senior International Associates to the UK as part of its mutual learning programme. 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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PB56 Front Cover

Brazil’s International Development Cooperation at a Crossroads

The IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme has launched a series of studies of key issues and debates on international development cooperation in BRICS countries, working with leading specialists from each country. This brief outlines the key findings of the ‘State of the Debate’ report on Brazil’s development cooperation policy. More details

PB55 Front Cover

The BRICS and the International Development System: Challenge and Convergence?

The sustained growth of rising powers, including the grouping known as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is reshaping global governance arrangements. Annual BRICS summits and inter-ministerial meetings seek to reform existing international financial and economic institutions and promote a multipolar system of global order. More details

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The BRICS and the International Development System: Challenge and Convergence?

The ‘BRICs’ acronym, in its most common usage, derives from a report to investors by Goldman Sachs’ analyst Jim O’Neill, signalling the new dynamic that four large countries; Brazil, Russia, India and China, were bringing to the global economy at the beginning of the new millennium. More details

Policy Briefing 53

Promoting Greater Cooperation Between Russia and OECD Donors

Russia is unique amongst the BRICS group for being a ‘re-emerging’ donor. The USSR was one of the largest donor countries in the world. After a relatively brief period as a net aid recipient during the 1990s, Russia has once again become a significant provider of development assistance. More details

ER 56 Front Cover

Who Shapes Climate Action in India? Insights from the Wind and Solar Energy Sectors

Within this paper, we specifically take an actor-centred perspective – focusing on players not just within the government but also private sector and civil society – to better understand the influence of such actors in shaping climate change action within India. Through this analysis, we aim to explore the underlying domestic political economy as well as the international linkages shaping climate action. More details

This is the cover for IDS Evidence Report 50, 'Advisory Council Seminar 3, 20 March 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion'.

Advisory Council Seminar 3, 20 March 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 20 March, 2013 between five members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and three IDS RPID staff members. More details

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Does China's Economic Rise Help or Hinder the Development of its Neighbours?

With its huge size, vast low-cost labour force, and deep industrial foundation, China has become a major producer of a wide range of manufactured goods. More details

The Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in sub-Saharan Africa: Trade, FDI and Aid Flows

Estimates suggest that over the last decade both trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) from emerging economies to Africa ballooned. More details

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Learning Event on the Rising Powers for DFID Advisors, April-May 2012

The Learning Event brought together colleagues from DFID, IDS, and the BRICS, and aimed to facilitate the sharing and learning of experiences in international development and policy More details

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Rising Powers in International Development: Building an Agenda for Collaboration

IDS marked the launch of its Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme with a workshop which brought together participants from potential partner institutions in the BRICS countries. More details

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DFID-IDS Learning Event Report, December 2012: Understanding Health, Social Policy and Civil Society in the BRICS Countries

This document presents a summary of a series of meetings held at the DFID offices in London on 6 December 2012. More details

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Advisory Council Seminar IV, 2 July 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 2 July 2013 between members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and IDS RPID staff members. More details

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The BRICS Countries and the Changing Nature of the International Development Policy Landscape: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 4 December, 2012, between six members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme. More details

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Evaluating Experimental Policymaking: Lessons from China's Rural Health Reforms

The development of a rural health insurance system in China provides a test case to examine how experimental policy development can work in social and health policy. More details

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Rising Powers in International Development: Building an Agenda for Collaboration

In May 2012, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) marked the launch of it's Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme with a workshop which brought together participants from potential partner institutions in the BRICS countries to discuss an agenda for future collaboration in research, teaching, and policy work. More details

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What is the Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in Africa?

This Policy Briefing shows that economic engagement with countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is not that different to that of OECD countries. More details

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IDS South Africa Events: Report from the Series of Events held by IDS and Partners in Johannesburg Preceding the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013

This paper reports on a series of conferences, meetings and events held by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and its international partners in the build up to the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013. More details

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Senior Development Fellowship Report (Zhang Xiulan)

This report outlines the experiences and achievements of each Professor Zhang Xiulan, Senior International Associate for the Rising Powers in International Development programme. More details

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Senior Development Fellowship Report (Rômulo Paes de Sousa)

This report outlines the experiences and achievements of Dr Paes de Sousa, Senior International Associate for the Rising Powers in International Development programme. More details

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Policy Network Agenda Johannesburg, 20 March 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 20 March 2013 between five members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and three IDS RPID staff members. More details

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