Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) nations have become a strong engine of South-South Cooperation. The most significant outcome of the emergence of BRICS is the shift they have brought to the balance of power in global affairs. The past decade has steadily accelerated commercial and strategic engagements between BRICS and Africa. The BRICS countries constitute Africa’s largest trading partners and new investors. BRICS has nourished Africa’s economic emergence and elevated the continent’s contemporary global positioning. This book seeks to determine the potential of BRICS-Africa cooperation in promoting African development.
Some of the critical issues in this book include the following: a) What will be the impact of intra-BRICS and BRICS–Africa cooperation and partnerships, mainly through the New Industrial Revolution, financial technologies, infrastructure, economic growth and development in health; b) Determine the relevance of the BRICS New Development Bank in the post-COVID era; c) Examine the governance and accountability mechanisms required to entrench BRICS governance cooperation with the continent, and e) Determine strategies that address gender developmental disparities and inequalities in BRICS and Africa.
This book consists of five sections, preceded by an introduction and later at the end of the chapters, a conclusion. The five mentioned sections respond to the 2020 12th BRICS Summit, ‘Global Stability, Shared Security, and Innovative Growth thematic thrusts.
Chapter 1: Introduction and General Overview
Section 1 – Governance in the Post-COVID-19 Era
Chapter 2: BRICS Governance and Ethics Architecture – Challenges and Prospects
Chapter 3: China -Africa Cooperation in the Post-pandemic era: Challenges and Way Forward
Section 2 - The Relevance of BRICS Multi-Development Bank Funding and Infrastructure Development
Chapter 4: BRICS development bank: a development finance model conducive to the strengthening of South-South Cooperation
Chapter 5: The BRICS, New development bank and African development
Chapter 6: Strengthening the BRICS Financial Cooperation Mechanism: Promoting Pragmatic Development
Chapter 7: Analysing BRICS Development Bank response to COVID-19
Section 3 – BRICS and Technology in Africa
Chapter 8: The Future of Work in South Africa
Chapter 9: Financing Renewable Energy Technologies in the BRICS
Chapter 10: Promoting Financial Technology Partnerships in BRICS
Section 4 - Addressing Economic Development Disparities and Inequalities in BRICS and Africa
Chapter 11: BRICS and Transformation of Africa’s Infrastructure in the COVID Era: Rhetoric and Reality
Chapter 12: Lessons in Sustainable Development for South Africa from BRIC Affordable Housing Policy
Chapter 13: Women entrepreneurs in the BRICS informal economy: A transformative agenda amidst the Covid-19 pandemic
Chapter 14: BRICS: Finding the Nexus Between Security and Development
Chapter 15: African Low-income Countries’ Leapfrogging and the Role of the BRICS Countries -A case study of Ethiopia and Rwanda
Section Five – BRICS and The Health Industry in Africa
Chapter 16: An Innovation Sharing Platform for Vaccine Research in BRICS
Chapter 17: Assessing COVID-19, and Telemedicine collaboration on energy and internet communication technology: Implications for Health in Africa.
Chapter 18: China-Africa health cooperation and its implications in the pandemic of COVID-19
Chapter 19: Resilience of Health Systems Towards Disease Outbreaks – COVID-19. A Comparative Analysis of South Africa and BRICS Countries Using the Global Health Security Index
Chapter 20: Conclusion: Way Forward on BRICS and Development in Africa