Project Leader: Dr. Pooja Sharma
Research Team: 

October 2009

Commencement:  October 2009
Completion:  March 2012
Funded by:  International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

This programme was directed at initiating a sustained dialogue among emerging economy scholars through the organization of international conferences, workshops and publications, to help build, sharpen, and share evidence on common and differentiated policy concerns facing emerging economies in their new global roles. The process of globalization during the last three decades is creating a new world order involving substantial changes in the relative weights of different countries and regions. In this changing world order, emerging economies are increasingly poised to assume new and enhanced roles.

The dialogue focused on four thematic areas: (a) agriculture, food security, and livelihoods; (b) energy, environment, and climate change; (c) technology and innovation; and (d) health.
In particular, the deliberations focused on the role of small-holders in enhancing food security, the role of energy efficiency and renewable technologies in securing energy needs, the financing of universal health coverage, and the broader role of technology and innovation systems in emerging economies.

Two multi-country conferences were organized under this programme: the first in New Delhi, on April 12-13, 2010, and the second, jointly with the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University and the Brookings-Tsinghua Centre for Public Policy in Beijing, on November 13-15, 2011. Eminent scholars from 13 countries (Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey) presented their research at the dialogue. The discussions were led by high-level policymakers and academics from the host countries. An interim review and brainstorming workshop was organized on March 21, 2011 in New Delhi to identify issues for deliberation and point the way forward.

A number of research papers were prepared under this programme. These papers are being put together in a combined volume for publication. In addition, shorter policy papers, synthesizing the research findings have been published.