BRICS and Foreign Aid

Forthcoming, BRICs and the Global Economy

AidData Working Paper No. 43

48 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017

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Gerda Asmus

Heidelberg University - Alfred Weber Institute for Economics

Andreas Fuchs

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Angelika Müller

Heidelberg University

Date Written: August 27, 2017

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the small but growing literature on the bilateral foreign aid activities carried out by the five BRICS countries. While these so-called emerging donors are steadily gaining prominence in international development, they are certainly not new to the field, with foreign aid programs dating back as far as the 1950s. The recent increase in both the size and scope of their development activities around the globe is regarded by some as a threat to the international aid architecture dominated by the United States and its allies in Western Europe and Japan. What do we know about the size, scope and institutional design of the BRICS countries’ aid activities? What can we learn about these donors’ aid motives by analyzing the pattern of their aid recipients and focal sectors? Does the existing qualitative and quantitative literature allow us to draw conclusions about the effects of BRICS aid on economic growth, other development outcomes, governance and conflict in recipient countries? Moreover, how will BRICS aid affect the DAC-centered international aid architecture and the way the so-called traditional donors provide aid? While our examination of existing scholarly work allows us to draw some tentative conclusions, it also underscores the considerable variation BRICS donors show in their aid approaches; they rarely act as a group in international development cooperation. We also highlight the major avenues and challenges for future research.

Keywords: foreign aid, Official Development Assistance, emerging economies, rising powers, Brazil, Russia, India, Russia, Chinaforeign aid, Official Development Assistance, emerging economies, rising powers, Brazil, Russia, India, Russia, China

JEL Classification: F35, H81, H84, O19, P33

Suggested Citation

Asmus, Gerda and Fuchs, Andreas and Müller, Angelika, BRICS and Foreign Aid (August 27, 2017). Forthcoming, BRICs and the Global Economy; AidData Working Paper No. 43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3027620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3027620

Gerda Asmus

Heidelberg University - Alfred Weber Institute for Economics ( email )

Grabengasse 14
Heidelberg, D-69117
Germany

Andreas Fuchs (Contact Author)

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Platz der Goettinger Sieben 3
Goettingen, 37073
Germany

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

Kiellinie 66
Kiel, Schleswig-Hosltein 24105
Germany

Angelika Müller

Heidelberg University ( email )

Heidelberg
Germany

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