Local residents holding Chinese and Olympic flags attend a rehearsal in Chongli county of Zhangjiakou ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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".
Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi.
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 leaders of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa alliance.
The sub-imperial formation called BRICS, which pretends to be a progressive global force could be divided by a series of crises.
Two men sit at the roadside in the hope of being offered work. South Africa’s unemployment is moving towards 30%.
The idea that South Africa must look towards the International Monetary Fund to rescue itself from the prevailing crisis must be dismissed.
Protesters celebrate after former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted on corruption charges.
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?
Leaders of the BRICS bloc of states in Goa, India where they hatched the plan to launch a new credit rating agency.
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’s opinion of its role in Africa is at odds with perceptions on the continent.
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.
Donald Trump has promised to make America great again.
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.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May can’t rely on her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and others in the Commonwealth for unfettered trade support.
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.
The South African economy just narrowly escaped a credit rating downgrade but it is not in the clear yet.
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.
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the BRICS summit in Goa, India. Brazil’s position is shaky.
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.
Trump’s victory threatens to unleash stronger prejudice against minorities.
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.
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.