“Shifting Paradigm”: the BRICS Countries’ Growing Role in Development

We talk a lot at ONE about Western donors’ role in helping to finance development projects, and we also talk about recipient governments and their role in supporting services for their own populations. But another group of countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (better known as the BRICS)—are emerging as powerful players in global health and development. Their approaches differ from one another, and their collective role in the foreign assistance landscape is evolving, but what’s clear is that if we want to understand how development is framed and financed in the 21st Century, we need to pay attention to the BRICS.

Yesterday, our friends at Global Health Strategies initiatives have launched a great new report aimed at better understanding the role that BRICS countries play in global health and development. You can read their report in full here, or as a starting place, you can check out the infographic below. Later this week, the BRICS countries will meet in New Delhi, so stay tuned for more on their discussions and their contributions to the development landscape in the years to come.