Project ESR 8: International Organizations, the Global Poverty Debate and the Role of Emerging Powers

Emerging powers have sought to engage in a wide spectrum of international organizations in an attempt to accord higher priority to poverty alleviation in global governance debates. Historically the global poverty debate has been marked by a divide between the Bretton Woods institutions, which pursue a more conservative/mainstream position, and the more centre-left UN development agencies.
Given this divide, the project asks how emerging powers have sought to (re)contextualize the global poverty debate and to what extent they have been able to introduce a more redistributive discourse, or even policies, within international organizations. The project analyses the politics of emerging powers regarding the World Bank, within specific UN agencies such as UNDP, and within non-state private institutions such as the World Economic Forum.

Stellenbosch University


Alison Lantukh