Building Mutual Learning between the Rising Powers

Published on 19 August 2016

This Evidence Report provides a summary account of the Mutual Learning research initiative at the Institute of Development Studies, carried out from 2012 to 2014 as part of the Rising Powers in International Development programme.

It offers an explanation for the growing interest in mutual learning as a way of engaging with ‘rising powers’ – such as the BRICS – in international development cooperation, and showcases some of the work carried out under the Mutual Learning component, including the Senior International Associates fellowship programme. It synthesises the IDS approach to mutual learning, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities presented by mutual – or multidirectional – learning in an increasingly multipolar world. Finally, the report outlines recommendations for how to accelerate mutual learning about different countries’ development experiences.


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Jennifer Constantine

Policy Engagement and Research Consultant

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Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Constantine, J., Bloom, G. and Shankland, A.
IDS Evidence Report, issue 202


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