An integrated approach to Aid for Trade: Cambodia Trade Sector-wide Approach (SWAp)

Research reports and studies
July 2009
Kate Bird, Tali Diamant, Ursula Grant, Kate Higgins, Rainer Quiztow, Liz Turner, Milo Vandemoortele

This case study analyses Cambodia’s Trade Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) from an inclusive growth and poverty reduction perspective. Through a Trade SWAp, the government of Cambodia is seeking to integrate trade policy into a broader development and poverty reduction agenda.
Supported by a number of key donor agencies and the government, the Trade SWAp represents a framework for channelling Aid for Trade resources to enable pro-poor growth through trade development. The example of Cambodia demonstrates how government and donor coordination
and alignment, genuine stakeholder engagement and ex ante analysis of human development implications of trade reform were integral to achieving a pro-poor trade strategy with a long-term
vision. The Trade SWAp in Cambodia remains a work in progress and its success in generating pro-poor development impacts remains to be seen. Nonetheless, a number of lessons for the
development of an integrated framework for pro-poor Aid for Trade can be drawn from Cambodia’s progress.

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