Emerging Economies, Disaster Risk Reduction, and South–South Cooperation: The Case of Mexico

Neil Renwick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

99 Downloads (Pure)


The emerging economies attract global attention, with intense debate over the question of what they contribute to the global agenda that is distinctive and new. These economies differ from each other in various economic, political and cultural ways, but hold a brand understand- ing and approach on key challenges of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). This approach contributes to advancing South–South co- operation (SSC). This article focuses on the approach of these economies to DRR, using the case of Mexico, a so-called ‘MINT’ emerging economy, to examine this question. Mexico, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, has been applauded by lead- ing international DRR figures for its commitment and practical response to DRR. The article explores this DRR response and what Mexico’s story has to offer to other countries in the context of SSC and its emerging role in international development cooperation (IDC). It ar- gues that Mexico’s DRR story has many important positive aspects to contribute to SSC knowledge-sharing and IDC, but it also illustrates continuing challenges of financing, admin- istration and politics for emerging and developing economies alike.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalIDS Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018

Bibliographical note

© 2018 The Author. IDS Bulletin © Institute of Development Studies | DOI: 10.19088/1968-2018.149
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial
No Derivatives 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided
the original authors and source are credited, the work is not used for commercial purposes, and no modifications or
adaptations are made. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode

The IDS Bulletin is published by Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Brighton BN1 9RE, UK
This article is part of IDS Bulletin Vol. 49 No. 3 July 2018: ‘Emerging Economies and the Changing Dynamics of
Development Cooperation’; the Introduction is also recommended reading.


  • emerging economies


Dive into the research topics of 'Emerging Economies, Disaster Risk Reduction, and South–South Cooperation: The Case of Mexico'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this