Elling N. Tjønneland
is a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway and coordinates the institute’s work on development aid. His current research interests focus on rising powers and African development, the global aid architecture, and the African peace and security architectu...
- Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria
Pinar Tank , 17 March 2015
- Africa’s pre-eminent peacemaker? An appraisal of South Africa’s peacemaking role in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Milfrid Tonheim , Gerrie Swart , 6 February 2015
- Conflicting dilemmas: economic growth, natural resources and indigenous populations in South America
María A. Guzmán-Gallegos , 3 November 2014
- Brazil’s involvement in peacekeeping operations: the new defence-security-foreign policy nexus
Monica Hirst , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 30 September 2014
- The discursive articulation of the concept of the “rising power”: perceptions, stances and interests in Brazil, Russia and Turkey
Licínia Simão , Teresa Almeida Cravo , André Barrinha , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 24 September 2014
- South America’s economic and political landscape: recent developments and trends
Alcides Costa Vaz , 17 September 2014
- Israel and the BRICS
Yossi Alpher , 16 September 2014
African development: what role do the rising powers play?
Elling N. Tjønneland, 23 January 2015
The July 2014 BRICS Summit marked a change in the level of the ambitions of this alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The summit’s decisions carry potentially important implications both for the future of global economic governance and African development. The core outcome was the creation of two new institutions: the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement, regarded by many as respectively potential alternatives to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
This report seeks to better understand the role of the BRICS countries and other rising powers in Africa’s economic development. The main focus is their role as providers of development finance and development aid. The report also analyses their role in relation to political developments and how these new powers balance strong commercial expansion with the foreign policy principles of South-South cooperation and non-interference.