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Issue 2/Mar-Apr 2013

China, BRICS and Africa: Who really benefits?
The BRICS Summit in Durban on 26/27 March was another part of the new realities. South Africa for the first time hosted the five-member grouping. Having the world's 29th largest economy according to the IMF, South Africa punches above its weight with the new economic giants.
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BRICS seek to cement position in world landscape
Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - collectively known as the BRICS - formally announced their plans to launch a new development bank, in what analysts say is a move to reduce the groupís dependence on the Bretton Woods institutions. The two-day meet, held in Durban, South Africa, also raised issues such as the impact of developed country monetary policy on trade, and the importance of the next WTO chief being from a developing country.
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Post-2015: We do not want to be mainstreamed...
Some 120 civil society organisations (CSOs) from 80 countries met in Bonn 20-22 March, on the topic of "Advancing the post 2015 sustainable development agenda". The conference was one step in the two-track beyond-2015 process.
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The great global power transformation
The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, according to the most recent Human Development Report.
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Chávez's legacy will live on
Hugo Chávez, who died last week, mourned by millions of Venezuelan citizens and people around the South American region, was a figure that was larger than life. During his 14 years as president of Venezuela, he managed to institute profound changes with effects on his country and the developing world long after his death.
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Issue 3/May-Jul 2013 / Issue 1/Jan-Feb 2013

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