Welcome to BRICS  DEV!

Here are some issues to spark your interest in the ‘development’ dimension of the discussion around BRICS.

March 29

BRICS is not a ladder to the moon  but can one definitively say it will NEVER amount to anything. My take on how BRICS could shape the global health and development agenda.



March  12

What can India learn from the Brazilian model? Some insights at the 4th BRICS Academic Forum held in Delhi earlier this month. It was good to listen to Brazilian economists and political scientists speak.  Here is a column I did soon after.


February  23


Here is an interesting article   by Sylvia Ann Hewlett in the Harvard Business Review.  Hewlett  is the president of the Center for Talent Innovation and Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates and author of 11 books, including Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets.

Understanding Female Talent in Emerging BRIC Markets http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/01/dissecting_female_diversity_in_br.html

February 6


 Changing Disease Profile in China — http://www.asiahealthspace.com/?p=4321

BRICS is  an acronym.  It refers to a group  of  leading  emerging economies  playing an increasingly  important role in international affairs and the global economy. As of 2012, its five members are   Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Brazil, Russia, India and China were the original members of this group.  South Africa was formally invited to join the influential  club in 2010.  

BRIC owes its origins to  Jim O’Neil , a globally-renowned economist working with Goldman Sachs. O’Neill used  the term   in a 2001 paper entitled “Building Better Global Economic BRICs.  The acronym has come into widespread use as a symbol of the shift in global economic power away from the developed economies towards the developing world. The dominant discourse around BRICS posits  that these emerging economies will overtake developed ones by 2027.  Opinion is divided on whetherBrazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa  have emerged as a collective and coordinated player on the global stage.  Some commentators argue that the BRICS’  might is on the wane as their  economies show the first signs of a slow-down. This commentator remains optimistic.

Most of the media coverage of BRICS looks at the member countries through the lens of trade and commerce.   This page is a modest attempt to widen the scope of the discussion, look at what is happening in the BRICS countries in the sphere of development — health, education, etc  as well as in areas  of potential cooperation and competition..

This week’s   five web links 






Would love to get feedback and inputs to liven up this page. Write to me at patralekha.chatterjee@gmail.com

Best  regards,


(Patralekha  Chatterjee is an internationally published journalist  and commentator whose work has appeared in leading publications in Asia, Europe and the United States.  She writes for specialist publications like The Lancet as well as the mass media. She contributes two  fortnightly columns  –Dev 360 which appears simultaneously in  The Asian Age &  Deccan Chronicle every alternate Tuesday and a  second column which  often takes a satirical look at current affairs and social sector issues. It appears every alternate Monday in the  Daily News and Analysis.  Patralekha has a special interest in development and current affairs in India and other emerging economies.)



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