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Emerging Donors Study

October 20, 2010

Emerging economies are quickly becoming a force in the international development arena. In order to better understand the changing dynamics of international development assistance – especially research for development – IDRC commissioned four country studies, along with a synthesis report, examining the role played by these “emerging donors.” The four countries that were studied are Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

The specific objectives of the studies were to:

  • understand each country’s approach to international development assistance and cooperation in developing countries
  • understand their approach to research for development in developing countries
  • understand these countries’ approaches to collaboration with other donors and funding agencies/organizations.
  • highlight any new trends and major differences among the emerging economies

The studies were coordinated and synthesized by Dane Rowlands, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. The four country studies were coordinated and authored by:

Alcides: Costa Vaz and Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, University of Brazilia
China: Gregory T. Chin and B. Michael Frolic, York University
India: Subhash Agrawal, India Focus
South Africa:  Wolfe Braude, Pearl Thandrayan, Elizabeth Sidiropouls, South African Institute of International Affairs (Authors). Neuma Grobbelaar, Peter Draper, South African Institute of International Affairs (Coordinators).  

The following report is the abridged versions of the original document. Because of limitations in the availability and reliability of data at the country level, the information contained in this report may be incomplete.


Chapter 1: Synthesis Report

Chapter 2: Executive Summaries

Chapter 3: The Case of Brazil

Chapter 4: The Case of China

Chapter 5: The Case of India

Chapter 6: The Case of South Africa