Press release

New book on China and other BRICS in international development lauded by former World Bank Chief Economist

Published on 20 December 2016

A new book on the growing influence of China and the other BRICS countries (Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa)  has been hailed by leading world economists for the insights it sheds on the role and influence of these countries on global development, an area of international trade and politics that has traditionally been shaped by North America, Europe and associated international institutions such as the World Bank.

Speaking at the launch of BRICS and International Development” last week in Beijing, Professor Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Vice President at the World Bank and now Director of the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University, said:

“Congratulations to IDS and all the authors of the book for this timely publication. Beside the financial importance of emerging economies for global development, what this book acutely emphasises is the crucial role of ideas behind the BRICS’ involvement in global governance.”

Dr K.Y. Amoako, Director of African Centre for Economic Transformation, who also spoke at the event, said “The issues raised in this book will be very relevant for a long time, the role of civil society in development being a crucial one”.

Edited by Drs Jing Gu and Alex Shankland from the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at the Institute of Development Studies, and  Dr Anuradha Chenoy, from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, “BRICS and International Development” was launched at the inaugural conference of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST), which took place on 12-14 December 2016.

Notes to the Editor

  1. BRICS and International Development was published earlier this year by Palgrave Macmillan and has been launched in London, Paris, Goa and Beijing. 
  2. The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development is at the forefront of research and practical analysis that helps connect governments, donors, civil society, and academia to explore new way to address global development challenges, with a particular focus on the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other increasingly influential middle-income countries.
  3. The Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) is one pillar of the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for SSC (GTTN)  supported by UNDP and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

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