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Remaking Governance Programme

BRICS and Beyond:
Rising States and the Shifting World Order

This research programme examines the main dynamics and implications of the emergence of the rising states (specifically China, Russia, India, Brazil, and to a lesser extent, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia), from a range of political economy and geopolitical perspectives. The focus is on whether and how the ascendence of the rising states affects: 1) Great Power relations; 2) less developed countries of the Global South; and 3) new developments in regionalization and regionalism. In terms of scholarly and policy implications, the programme analyzes whether we are seeing a shift in the global balance of power and creating new vulnerabilities.


This research programme is organized by Dr. Gregory Chin, Faculty Researcher of the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and in the Department of Political Science at York University.

His research interests include China's outward global economic expansion, Asian regionalism, rising states and global governance reform, and Chinese foreign policy.


Programme Publications

January 2013 | "Rising States, Rising Donors – BRICS and Beyond", a special issue of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (Volume 25, Issue 4, December 2012) was recently published.

o Introduction: Rising States, Rising Donors and the Global Aid Regime
Gregory Chin and Fahimul Quadir

o Brazil as ‘Southern Donor’: Beyond Hierarchy and National Interests in Development Cooperation?
Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue and Alcides Costa Vaz

o Towards a New Aid Paradigm: South Africa as African Development Partner
Brendan Vickers

o India's Development Partnership: Key Policy Shifts and Institutional Evolution
Sachin Chaturvedi

o China as a ‘Net Donor’: Tracking Dollars and Sense
Gregory Chin

o Between Caution and Controversy: Lessons from the Gulf Arab States as (Re-)emerging Donors
Bessma Momani and Crystal A Ennis

o Individual BRICS or a Collective Bloc? Convergence and Divergence amongst ‘Emerging Donor’ Nations
Dane Rowlands

2010 | The policy brief that draws on the discussions at the B(R)ICS as Emerging Donors Book Workshop, and presents the main findings and key points of discussion from the workshop as topical, policy relevant research, in condensed and focused form with a goal to inform and enhance debate among policymakers and scholars on the rise of the B(R)ICS/emerging powers as emerging donors, and the implications for global development, and the shifting global order more broadly.


The Rising Donors Workshop

This project aims to develop comparative understanding of the motivations and intentions of the B(R)ICS as rising donors, and the global implications of their rise.

The Workshop was hosted by YCAR at York University on 20-21 November 2009 and was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation of York University.

The Workshop was co-organized by Gregory Chin (Political Science) and Fahimul Quadir (Development Studies).

The authors workshop welcomed academics, policy researchers, policy makers and donors makers from a new rising donors research network consisting of experts from select universities and international organizations.

Project participants are researching whether and if so how, the rising donors are redefining “what is development” in theory and practice. The rising donors that are covered in this project are Brazil, India, China, South Africa and the Gulf States. The research will generate individual country, comparative and global systemic analyses.

The programme has its origins in the research commissioned by IDRC on the B(R)ICS as Emerging Donors project. To see the four published country studies, please visit: www.idrc.ca/en/ev-140964-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html.


Rising Donors Research Group

The Rising Donors Research Group (RDRG) is a network of scholars and professionals with expertise on the role and impact of the rising donors or new foreign assistance providers. RDRG will initially focus on sharing research results and methodology, and put together conferences and seminars on rising donors or new development partnership linkages.

RDRG members are university lecturers and researchers whose research and teaching deal substantially with the rising or new donors; researchers in think-tanks and other non-profits with specialization on rising or new donors; advanced graduate students (beyond the MA level); journalists who report on the emerging donors; independent researchers/writers who have published extensively on the theme; professionals, such as development consultants with the relevant background of practice; industry leaders and analysts who write extensively or speak on the rising donors.

RDRG members:

Manmohan Agarwal, The Centre for International Governance, Canada
Sachin Chaturvedi, Research and Information System for the Developing Countries, India  
Gregory Chin, York University, Canada, Network Lead
Andrew F. Cooper, University of Waterloo, Canada
Crystal Ennis, University of Waterloo, Canada    
Thomas Fues, German Development Institute, Germany  
Cristina Y. A. Inoue, University of Brasília, Brazil
Bessma Momani, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ernesto Soria Morales, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris  
Fahimul Quadir, York University, Canada, Network Lead
Dane Rowlands,  Carleton University, Canada  
Michele Ruiters, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Andrew Schrumm, The Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada
Timothy B. Shaw, University of the West Indies
Alcides Vaz, University of Brasília, Brazil
Brendan Vickers, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Wang Yong, Peking University, China
Alicia Filipowich, Network Coordinator, York Centre for Asian Research, York University


Related Publications:
Gregory Chin, "China’s G8 Turn: Complex Interests and Multiple Identity in Global Governance Reform" in Andrew F. Cooper and Agata Antkiewicz (eds.), Emerging Powers in Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press), 2008.

Emerging Donors Study, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) report, 2007.

Gregory Chin and B. Michael Frolic, Emerging Donors in International Development Assistance: The China Case, Chapter 4 of the Emerging Donors Study, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 2007.


Related Links
Marcel Fortuna Biato, When emerging markets lead the way (Part VII), The Globalist, 2009.

St Antony’s International Review, Inaugural General Section Call for Papers, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Paulo Sotero, Brazil as an Emerging Donor: Huge potential and growing pains, World Bank, 2009.

Fergus Hanson The Dragon in the Pacific: More Opportunity than Threat. Lowy Institute for International Policy, 2008.

Gregory Chin, China and the G8 Problem or Solution? Dr. Chin blogs from the G8 in Japan, 2008.

Setting the China Question: A Caribbean Challenge, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2008.


Related Events:
Development, Trade and Foreign & Security Policies:  How Can Emerging Donors Make a Difference?
The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development (ARCADIA) conference, Bucharest, Romania, 25-26 November 2010

Rising States, Rising Institutions
Gregory Chin was invited to participate and present at this workshop at Princeton University on 25-27 August 2008.
The event was co-sponsored by Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

"China in Global Governance: Beyond the G8"
Gregory Chin has been invited to participate in the conference, "China in Global Governance: Beyond the G8" in Shanghai, China on 12 July 2008.
The event was co-sponsored by the Center for China and International Organization (Shanghai International Studies University) and the G8 Research Group of University of Toronto.

"The Role of Emerging Donors in Afghanistan: China and India Compared"
Talk by Gregory Chin, The Atlantic Council of Canada's 2008 Spring Conference, 1 May 2008

"China's New Economic Diplomacy"
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, ON, Canada, 26-27 April 2008

"Chinese Official Development Assistance: The Philippines Experience in the North Luzon Railways and National Broadband Network Projects"
Talk by Rommel Gavieta, YCAR Research Associate, 11 April 2008

"China as Foreign Aid Donor: Motivations and Global Leadership Capacity"
Food for Thought Lecture by Gregory Chin, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, ON, Canada, 25 March 2008

"In the Shadow of Great Power-Emerging Power Rivalry: Rising China and the Caribbean Region"
Talk by Gregory Chin, University of the West Indies, 8 February 2008

"China’s Evolving Foreign Aid in Africa: The Case of Tanzania"  
Talk by Maggie Zeng, Gender Equality Advisor in China to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), 19 September 2007


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