South Africa, following its peaceful transition, occupied the moral high ground and could influence the agenda of intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations. Not anymore.
Policies encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the economies of BRICS countries.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the "modernity game". But they don't make the rules, and so they can never "win".
The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
The sub-imperial formation called BRICS, which pretends to be a progressive global force could be divided by a series of crises.
The idea that South Africa must look towards the International Monetary Fund to rescue itself from the prevailing crisis must be dismissed.
Now that a judge has convicted Luiz Inacio da Silva of corruption and sentenced him him to almost a decade in prison, what's next for the country that loves him?
The BRICS bloc of states have resolved to establish an alternative credit rating agency to counter western dominance in the financial markets. Will it work?
South Africa considers itself to be playing a key role in promoting the 'African Agenda' in continental and world affairs. But perceptions in the rest of Africa tell a different story.
The Global Trends report provides a useful starting point to reflect on what's in store for Africa over the next five years. And how the continent should think about responding to its challenges.
The UK political elite is overestimating the power of the Commonwealth’s brand in Africa as it seeks new partners in the wake of Brexit.
South Africa is breathing a sigh of relief after escaping a credit rating downgrade. But there are still serious concerns around structure of the country's economy and finances.
Brazil's place within the BRICS bloc is becoming questionable. Since the new President Michel Temer took over, Brazil's foreign policy has shifted away from BRICS ideals to favour western interests.
The United States under the leadership of Donald Trump is expected to pursue isolationist policies which could hurt Africa.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
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.
BRICS is slowly being written off as a bloc that can administer coherent political action.
BRICS goes into its eighth summit with lots of hurdles. Sanusha Naidu consideres its future prospects.
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.
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.