Emerging Powers, Emerging Donors: Teasing Out Developing Patterns

In an effort to develop a baseline of knowledge around the subject of emerging humanitarian donors, this report offers an analysis of the role of emerging powers as humanitarian donors through a quantitative study of natural disaster response donations over the last six years. Using the Indian Ocean tsunami as a starting point, it examines the recorded contributions of emerging powers to the largest natural disasters between 2004-2010. Included in the analysis are the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), the Kashmir earthquake (2005), Cyclone Nargis (2008), the Sichuan earthquake (2008), the Haitian earthquake (2010), and the Pakistan floods (2010). Emerging donors comprised in the analysis include the BRICs, Asian nations, and Gulf countries. The paper was published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2011.