Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma.
Despite financial crises and political differences among these five emerging economies, the BRICS coalition is here to stay. And it may just change the world.
Challenging times for some BRICS countries.
BRICS is slowly being written off as a bloc that can administer coherent political action.
One of the major benefits for BRICS is economic cooperation.
BRICS goes into its eighth summit with lots of hurdles. Sanusha Naidu consideres its future prospects.
Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. He left the job after concerted political attacks.
Attacks on the South African Reserve Bank and events in India that led to the exit of the governor of the country's central bank are a warning that banks aren't immune from political meddling.
South Africa’s economy isn’t growing. Solutions are within its grasp.
The South African Reserve Bank has forecast zero percent growth for 2016. Some urgent steps are needed to get the country out of this hole.
South Africa's response to the country's economic woes has amounted to little more than band-aid treatment. Government must do more to set the economy on a solid growth path.
BRICS leaders at a meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Turkey in 2015.
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The BRICS bank is positioning itself to play a significant role in those areas in which the international financial institutions are seen to have failed.
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Brazilian politics may be in turmoil but its economy is due an upswing.
There’s an old joke about Brazil that suggests that it’s the country of the future – and it always will be. For a while this looked to be an anachronistic, possibly racist stereotype that had been decisively…
Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s development aid programme has fizzled out.
Lula led an unprecedented shift in the country’s foreign policy towards the global South. He also helped elevate Brazil to the status of a global player. But, six years on, disillusionment reigns.
The Chinese and South African governments, led by presidents Xi Jingping and Jacob Zuma, cement ties during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
When it comes to the global political economy, no one "talks left and walks right" more than China, a dominant player in global capitalism. South African and Chinese aspirations have much in common.
Closed for business.
The Shanghai composite index is proving to be one of the most volatile markets in the world and government regulation is having some unforeseen effects.
China's economy is stuttering and the slowdown is set to continue.
US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi have seen quantitative easing pay off, but what about on the way out?
The biggest factor behind the recessionary trend is not the Chinese market, austerity budgets, or even the threat of higher US interest rates this year.
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The Chinese stock market plays a very different role in its economy to Western markets.
China's slowdown will cast a long shadow for global economic growth from the Americas to Australia.
Downtown Tianjin: reeling from the recent explosion.
The Tianjin explosion may hurt the city's economy. But it will hurt its corrupt officials more.
The blast site at Tianjin.
The history of a city that went up in flames.
What the increased ties between Russia, India, China and Brazil mean for Africa remains unclear.
The strategy of Brazil, Russia, India and China towards African development seems to be muddled with selfish national interests. Their focus is on areas critical to the growth of their economies.