Rising Powers

Rising Powers from the developing world change global and national development paths. In an increasingly interconnected world, states like China, India, Brazil, but also Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa or Vietnam impact on the development prospects of other countries. Beyond the traditional perception as middle-income countries, these rising powers are regionally and globally important actors. Thus, they are crucial elements in political problem-solving in a poly-centric world.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) conducts research on the flexible and dynamic group of rising powers on various aspects of international cooperation. Effects of rising powers can be direct or indirect, positive or negative, regionally limited or global. DIE is working on the diverse ‘new’ actors from rising powers and their norms and goals. Furthermore, of interest are effects on competitiveness and sustainable poverty reduction; activities in and effects on security and governance in developing countries; effects and national policies on ecological sustainability; and structural changes in the world economy.

In knowledge cooperation, DIE is closely connected with institutions from rising powers through its programme “Managing Global Governance”. Thereby, the Institute is also directly in dialogue with differing perspectives on global change.

Research Staff



In the Media

Everything you need to know about FOCAC: Rising Powers
Interview with Sven Grimm
Cowries and Rice, Episode 59
30 November 2015


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In the media

Logo: China Africa Project

What to Expect at this Year’s Mega China-Africa Summit
A China in Africa Podcast

Sven Grimm / Eric Olander / Cobus van Staden
The China Africa Project, 3 November 2015


Sustainability-oriented Innovation Systems in China and India
Altenburg, Tilman (ed.) (2016)
London: Routledge


Cover: Institutional architecture and development: responses from emerging powers

Institutional architecture and development: responses from emerging powers
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos / Jorge A. Pérez Pineda / Sachin Chaturvedi / Thomas Fues (eds.)(2015)
Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

What makes a "Rising Power"? – Coffee Talk at DIE


Emerging powers at the UN: ducking for cover?
Weinlich, Silke (2014)
in: Third World Quarterly 35 (10), 1829-1844