The chapter explores Brazilian, Indian and South African civil society engagement in South–South development cooperation (SSDC) and in debates of these countries’ roles in BRICS. Despite the apparently more promising engagement environment in the ‘democratic emerging powers’, civil society efforts to achieve effective influence over the SSDC agendas of both BRICS and of their own countries face many obstacles. The chapter discusses commonalities and differences across these three countries and their fellow BRICS, Russia and China, and analyses key characteristics and tendencies of transnational civil society engagement. Final remarks include prospects for civil society engagement with BRICS international development cooperation, with a particular focus on the New Development Bank.

Authors: Melissa Pomeroy, Alex Shankland, Adele Poskitt, Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay and Rajesh Tandon

Published in: Jing Gu, Alex Shankland, Anuradha Chenoy (org.) The BRICS in international development. International Polical Economy Series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.