Making their mark: the BRICS and aid

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Friday 14 February 2014


Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Rani Mullen, Director, Indian Development Cooperation Research; Dr Tongquan Sun, Rural Development Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Dr Sean Burges, School of Politics & International Relations, ANU.


Macarena Rojas
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The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are increasingly important and influential providers of international development assistance. This plenary session will provide updates and new analysis of aid from the emerging superpowers of China, India and Brazil by three leading experts.

Dr Rani Mullen is Director of Indian Development Cooperation Research and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Her presentation will focus on the extent of policy alignment between India’s geo-political interests and foreign aid, and whether this is likely to rise or fall over time.

Dr Tongquan Sun is an Associate Professor in the Rural Development Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) where he researches Chinese international development assistance. His paper, co-authored with the Asia Foundation’s Taidong Zhou, will examine what China can learn from international experience in terms of laws, regulations and organisational structure to guide the delivery of its growing aid volumes.

Dr Sean Burges is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU. He is an authority on non-traditional aid, with a particular focus on Brazil. His presentation will give an overview of aid from Brazil, focussing on the mix of old and new motivations at work.

This lecture is part of the 2014 Australasian Aid and International Development Workshop, February 13-14, 2014.

This lecture is presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University and The Asia Foundation.

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  • Please note that this event is scheduled to start at 1.50pm and finish at 3.20pm.

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