Aid for Trade (AfT) accounts for about a third of all overseas
development assistance. ODI has been engaged in shaping its direction
since before the launch in 2005 to help developing countries improve
their trade capacity and address the impact of trade preference erosion.
Since 2005, biennial global reviews of AfT held in Geneva have
monitored the progress thus far.
The fourth Global AfT Review, 8 – 10 July 2013 in Geneva, could be transformative for the AfT agenda. The concept of AfT has been evolving with changing needs and demands. Aid is under stress due to the economic crisis in traditional donor countries, while non-aid flows have been increasing. There are more non-traditional actors supplying AfT. In these changing circumstances, what should be the future agenda of AfT?
Together with DIE and ECDPM the International Economic Development Group at the Overseas Development Institute has been studying Aid for Trade – what works, why and in what circumstances – since 2005. The main research has been funded under Development Progress. But we have also undertaken recent research on AfT for the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, UNIDO, Commonwealth Secretariat and International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development. We have also advised DFID and UNDP on AfT programming at the country level.
Targeting infrastructure development to foster agricultural trade and market integration in developing countries: an analytical review
Global Aid for Trade Review side event: Aid for Trade effectiveness – current issues and future directions
This side event at the World Trade Organization's Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade brought...
Roundtable with Chief Alan Kyerematen, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana exploring how developing countries can best trade themselves out of poverty.
Measuring poverty impact: the monitoring and evaluation of UK and EU aid for trade and private sector development support
Given the continued relevance of Aid for Trade (AfT) and a growing emphasis on the role of the private sector in development, the importance of clearly demonstrating development impacts on the ground is more important than ever. This public event ...
This conference will discuss how Aid for Trade can remain relevant for its purpose by delivering and managing aid for trade and development results; easing the binding constraints to trade expansion; promoting regional aid for...
New forms of Aid for Trade to promote participation in global value chains: addressing standards for Kenyan flowers
Better regulations and better negotiations as tools for trade: where aid for trade can and cannot help
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics focuses on a specific group of developing countries – small and vulnerable economies (SVEs) – which has largely been neglected in the AfT debate, despite the special challenges these countries faced in their...
A key motivation of the study is a lack of good quantitative evidence on 1) actual aid for trade in-country flows and 2) the possible effects of aid for trade.
This paper aims to summarise the interests of different developing country groups in each of the most important negotiating issues at this stage of the Doha trade round.
The Aid for Trade Task Force reported in mid-2006. In June 2006, ODI brought together the people who shaped the Aid for Trade proposals.
The Aid for Trade initiative marked international acceptance of the limitations of trade as a tool for development and of a role for the WTO in aid. Although many in developing countries would gain from a WTO settlement, there are small gains or even costs for...
Aid for trade was brought into sharp focus in the current World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round trade negotiations, though not part of the single undertaking. Aid for trade is concerned with helping developing countries totrade or adjust to trade...
This paper will first review what types of aid would meet WTO-related needs, and the types needed more broadly to help countries use trade as part of their development strategies. Secondly, it will consider how to decide which needs and which countries or...
Events relating to trade related assistance, Integrated Framework and Aid for Trade, from 1996 onwards
A table of selected events relating to trade related assistance, Integrated Framework and Aid for Trade, from 1996 until July 2006.
This report reviews what meanings that would be useful from a trade point of view might be given to Aid for Trade (A4T), and some of the aid general principles which any scheme should take into account.
A Critical Assessment of the EU's Trade-Related Assistance (TRA) to third countries – lessons from the past, policy options for the future
This paper discusses the rationale for trade-related assistance (TRA) (support for Trade Policy and Regulation, Trade Development, Adjustment to Trade, Supply Side Measures), and the role of the EC in this. It provides an overview of EC TRA on the basis of a...
This meeting saw the launch of a new book, Trade and Aid, Partners or Rivals in Development Policy? edited by Sheila Page. The discussion examined our current understanding of how aid and trade work, and assessed current policy initiatives.