Development Studies Learning Partnership

The Development Studies Learning Partnership was created under the IDS BRICS Initiative in 2011, enabling collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policymakers.

Background to the partnership

The rapidly growing global and political influence of rising powers such as the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – has been accompanied by rapid domestic growth and increased Foreign Direct Investment abroad. At the same time, the rising powers’ role in international development cooperation has been formally recognised by ‘traditional donors’ clubs’ such as the OECD-DAC.

Equally importantly, many of the rising powers have made significant advances in their national development and poverty reduction. As these countries become increasingly active as donors, they are seen to challenge the fifty year old paradigm of development and aid relations that emerged at the end of the colonial era. This raises important issues for debates on the future practice, policy, and study of international development cooperation.

IDS recognises the impact these geo-political changes have on the theory and practice of Development Studies (DS), and has designed the Development Studies Learning Partnership as a space which allows for collaborative learning, where IDS can formally incorporate learning from the BRICS and Rising Powers whilst sharing it’s considerable expertise in DS. This mutual learning is the basis for a shared new approach to Development Studies.

Teaching and Learning Fellows

  • Dr. Alexander Bulatov is Head of the Department of World Economy at MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia.
  • Professor Xiuli Xu is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the Research Center for International Development (RCID), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD), China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing, China.
  • Dr Yuriy Zaitsev is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic Studies, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia.

The DSLP launches annual calls for Teaching and Learning Fellows to work with IDS researchers on developing open-access teaching and training resources that draw on development experiences from the Rising Powers.

Training resource packs

Key contacts

Louise Oakley

Research and Learning Programme Manager


Project details

start date
31 July 2011


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