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Volume 3, nº 22 - April 2013





   BRICS Policy Center participates in the Academic Forum of the  BRICS in South Africa





Between March 10-20th, the BRICS Policy Center was in Durban and Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the Academic Forum of the BRICS and other side events. The General Supervisor Paul Esteves, the General Coordinator and Adriana Erthal Abdenur and researcher Sergio Veloso together composed, together with researchers from IPEA and FGV, the Brazilian delegation to the Forum.


March 10th-13rd: The Academic Forum of the BRICS

BRICS Policy Center participates in the Academic Forum of the BRICS in South Africa

March 13rd

*   The "Writers’ Workshop on Peaceful Coexistence and Emerging Powers" event in which Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur presented a chapter she contributed to an upcoming book from the Strategy Institute of the Royal Danish Defense College.

March 14th:

*   The BPC participated in an event in Durban organized by Oxfam and titled “Tackling Inequalities Across BRICS: The Brazilian Experience in Addressing Poverty, Hunger and Inequality.” The BPC presented the “Inequality Matters” fact sheet, which addresses key issues such as socioeconomic inequality in the BRICS countries.

Seminar titled “The Role of Emerging Powers in Shaping the International Peace and Security Agenda,” which was organized by the ACCORD (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes), a nongovernmental organization. 


BRICS Academic Forum

March 15th:

*  Parallel seminars organized by the SAIIA (South African Institute of International Affairs) were held in Johannesburg, addressing issues specific to the relationship between Brazil and South Africa within the BRICS. During the event, the director of the SAIIA signed the  Memorandum of Understanding, which envisages three year partnership for research and events between the BPC and the SAIIA. Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur presented a paper on the role of Brazil and South Africa in South Atlantic security.

March 18th:

*    Researcher Sergio Veloso met with researchers and coordinators from the SACN (South African Cities Network). The meeting was the first step towards consolidating the joint research agenda and information exchange between the BPC and the SACN. This partnership is part of the new BRICS-Urbe project from the BPC, a forum dedicated to monitoring public policies for urban development in major cities of  the BRICS countries. 

March 19th:

*  BPC representatives participated on the panel “The BRICS and the Reshaping of International Development Policy,” which was organized by the SAIIA and IDS (Institute of Development Studies). Professor Paulo Esteves participated in the roundtable on “The Civil Society Perspective on BRICS.”

* Check out the photo gallery of the BPC in South Africa.

   "BRICS: The Inequality Challenge” Fact Sheet


In conjunction with data from OxFam, the fact sheet summarizes some of the main challenges posed by socioeconomic inequality among the BRICS countries, alongside innovative solution ideas. The document will serve as a reference point for debates organized in South Africa and Brazil, as well as comparative research projects on inequality and public policy in BRICS nations.

Click here to access the document.


   BPC's New Initiative: BRICS-URBE

BRICS-Urbe is a forum dedicated to tracking the development of public policy aimed at fostering urban development in major cities within the BRICS nations. Taking into consideration the fact that the major BRICS cities are important centers for information exchange regarding urban challenges, the project’s main objective is to furnish discussion about the creation of innovative public policy at the municipal level. BRICS-Urbe is structured around the following components:  indicators of urban development; policy papers  identifying common challenges (and solutions) for BRICS cities; conferences and workshops to foster debates about urban policy in BRICS nations; a BRICS-Urbe fellowship program. Read more

   Academic Publications

Working Paper Series

We are pleased to provide a forum for disseminating works-in-progress that reflect the broad range of research activities being conducted by our researchers and visiting research fellows.  The series will periodically publish working papers that highlight the findings of various research projects.  The views expressed in the papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the BRICS Policy Center. The first working paper is by Dr. Monica Herz, Coordinator of the International Politics and Multilateral Agenda research group, and Antônio Dutra.

Click here to access the publication.
(In portuguese only)









BRICS Monitor

The fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4), held in Busan, South Korea in December 2011, proved to be a watershed in the field of International Cooperation for Development (ICD) by acknowledging the need for a more equitable inclusion of actors that are not members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-DAC), such as civil society, the private sector and medium-income countries working in the area of South-South Cooperation (CSS). Throughout 2012, the process of building a more inclusive system of institutions to better coordinate and harmonize the different practical cooperation was initiated and expanded. Known as the Global Partnership for Cooperation Effective Development (GPEDC), this network aims to monitor the main developments underway since the meetings in Busan and possible implications of the increased visibility of South-South Cooperation for the future of International Cooperation for Development.

   Report on the Fifth BRICS Summit

by Dr. Diego Santos Vieira de Jesus

The Main Agenda Points of the Durban Summit
(portuguese only)

The agenda covered many topics related to international security and socioeconomic cooperation, which have been under discussion by representatives of the group members since the 2012 summit in New Delhi.

FIFTH BRICS SUMMIT in Durban: March 26th-27th, 2013
(Available in English)

The fifth annual BRICS Summit took place in Durban, South Africa on March 26th  and 27th,2013 and delivered significant results in comparison to previous group meetings. The theme was "BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization," discussions mainly revolved around increasing development and reforming institutions of global governance. This article explores the debates surrounding the Bank of the BRICS, the arrangement of the contingency reserves, and the reform of global governance, all within the context of the Durban Summit discussions.


 March Events


•  Visit from the Peking University Delegation
On March 7th, 2013, the coordinators of the BRICS Policy Center – Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Lia Lopes, Layla Dawood and Sergio Veloso – received a delegation from Peking University of China. During the meeting, possibilities for cooperation with PUC-Rio were discussed, including exchanges in various areas of the Institute of International Relations (IRI) and the BPC. Plans for the exchange of academic publications and teachers were proposed, in addition to ideas for extending the fellowship program at the BPC.
Representatives of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) meet with the staff of the BRICS Policy Center
On March 14th, representatives from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) met with the core team of the Technical, Science and Technology Cooperation of the BRICS Policy Center. During the meeting issues of common interest between the parties were discussed, such as the institutionalization of cooperation within the BRICS, recent emerging donors, and the role of individual group members within the Global Partnership. The possibility of future cooperation in organizing joint events was also discussed. 
Johns Hopkins University students visit BPC
On March 19th, the BPC hosted undergraduate and graduate students from Johns Hopkins University (USA), who were in Brazil to research the country's role as an emerging actor in international affairs, considering both its prominent role in South America and its role in the global context of the BRICS. The students are part of a program of studies designed to specifically focus on Latin America (The Latin American Studies Program).
Professor Layla Dawood participates in the "Australia-Brazil Dialogue" in São Paulo
On March 20th and 21st, the assistant coordinator of the BRICS Policy Center, Professor Layla Dawood, represented the center at the " Australia-Brazil Dialogue " held in the city of São Paulo. The event brought together public and academic authorities from both countries to discuss the main challenges posed to the development of a bilateral relationship between them. In 2012, the relationship between Australia and Brazil was raised to the level of strategic partnership by the rulers of both countries. Professor Dawood was part of a panel that discussed the global and regional impacts of China's rise.
Colloquium with Dr. André de Mello e Souza of the IPEA
On March 27th, 2013, Dr. André de Mello e Souza, Coordinator of Governance Studies and International Institutions at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), gave a seminar on "International Assistance for Private Development: humanitarian principles, developmental objectives and organizational interests in the allocation of resources by NGOs, " and focused on the topic international assistance for private development.
Click here to view the presentation in PDF format.
 BRICS Policy Center in the Mídia

•  March 18, 2013: Financial Times – “Tackling inequality, The Brazilian experience” - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC. 

•  March 21, 2013: Jornal do Commercio (column of journalist Mácia Peltier) – “Usina Acadêmica” - Discusses the inclusion of the BPC in the ranking of the top think tanks in the world.

•  March 24, 2013: Shanghai Wenhui Daily – "Africa is the first beneficiary of the BRICS loans and assistance" - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC. Available in English and Chinese.

• March 25, 2013: Radio RFI – "The Bank of the BRICs should encourage investments in Africa, says expert" - with Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the BPC.



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       Upcoming Events






The BPC at the XX Brazil-Europe Forum 

On June 4th and 5th, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), in partnership with the Brazil-European Union Parliamentary Group and the UNB Institute of International Relations – and with the support of the EU Delegation – will organize the twentieth Brazil-Europe Forum. This year, teachers and relevant policy-makers from Brazil and Europe will debate on the topic "Brazil and the European Union: Building the Future." There will be panels on the EU crisis, the model of strategic partnership, triangular cooperation, and Mercosur-EU relations. The BPC will be represented by Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, general coordinator of the center.

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