Aid for Trade and Development by Dominique Njinkeu, Hugo Cameron

By Dominique Njinkeu, Hugo Cameron

Following within the wake of the realm exchange Organization's engagement with relief for alternate, this e-book brings jointly quite a number views round this rising factor. the gathering of articles during this quantity provides some of the principles elaborated via learn carried out through foreign legal professionals and Economists opposed to Poverty (ILEAP) seeing that 2005 and is meant to supply a foundation for extra research. considering that some of the contributions on reduction for alternate so far have come from the North, the booklet seems to deepen the talk via forwarding voices and reviews from the South. The publication strains the evolution of relief for alternate from its beginnings and examines the worldwide structure, modalities, and prices linked to its implementation. Drawing on classes from nationwide and nearby reviews, this e-book extra explores ways that reduction for alternate can either movement ahead and turn into a true instrument for poverty aid in beneficiary international locations.

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Bilateral assistance plays a crucial role in Aid for Trade. The European Development Fund (EDF) and its involvement with the ACP group through the Cotonou Agreement is an important channeling mechanism for trade-related assistance. In Chapter 12 in Part II, Sunassee takes a close look at the lessons learned from past experience with the EDF and its usefulness as an Aid for Trade provider. Other bilateral donors – including the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and the United States – are heavily involved in Aid for Trade program support and delivery.

These include government officials in donor and recipient countries, international agencies such as the World Bank and the WTO, regional organizations, the private sector, the research community, and civil society. Effective implementation of Aid for Trade will require the involvement of all these groups at the appropriate levels. Many of the elements associated with Aid for Trade are already covered in one form or another by various trade-related technical assistance and capacity building initiatives.

The Task Force did not pass judgment on this issue, but rather emphasized the need for both a “country-driven” approach while also making targeted Aid for Trade funds available. The need to avoid donors making tradeoffs such as diverting funds from other sectors towards Aid for Trade reinforces previously-stated arguments around additionality. Chapter 9 by Siphana in Part II provides an example of a country’s experience integrating sector-wide approaches as part of its national development strategy.

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