Advisory Council and Network Development

The Rising Powers in International Development (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 activities.

This work is guided by an Advisory Council which brings together senior analysts with high-level policy and research experience from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Africa, OECD-DAC member countries and the UN system. They are invited to review and comment on specific policy-relevant outputs, and to participate in public events promoted by IDS and its partners.

The Advisory Council is also supporting the development of a network to support continued collaborative research, curriculum development, academic exchange and policy engagement on the role of the rising powers in reshaping international development. The need for a network of policy-oriented research institutions capable of bringing fresh evidence, insights and perspectives from the rising powers into the debate on the future of international development was identified at a meeting of researchers and policy specialists from the UK and the BRICS countries hosted by IDS in 2012.

Members of the Advisory Council

  • Richard Manning, Chair of the Advisory Council
  • Richard Carey, Independent Consultant
  • Li Xiaoyun, China Agricultural University
  • KY Amaoko, Africa Centre for Economic Transformation
  • Rajesh Tandon, Participatory Research in Asia
  • Gabriele Koehler, Independent Researcher
  • Merle Lipton, King’s College London
  • Nora Lustig, Tulane University
  • Stephen Chan, SOAS
  • Sarah Cooke, UNICEF Innocenti

Future International Cooperation Policy Network

Collaborative research and consultations have culminated in the Advisory Council’s recommendation to launch the Future International Cooperation Policy Network. Individuals and institutions interested in opportunities for collaboration with the network should write to [email protected].

Key contacts

Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director


+44 (0)1273 915692

Project details

start date
1 March 2014
end date
28 February 2019

About this project

Recent work


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

IDS Evidence Report 58

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.

11 March 2014