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Event series

Inclusive trade

International trade generates winners and losers – posing the more challenging question of what can be done about it.  This seminar series engages with academic debates, policy and practice on international trade and development outcomes, critically exploring different dimensions of inclusion for trade.

Several mechanisms, interventions and development programmes have been designed to come to grips with the reality of identifying the heterogeneous effects from trade and supporting those affected by changes in trade policy and trade flows. However, it has remained complex to capture the full extent of direct and indirect effects of these changes. This challenge has been exacerbated with increased trade restrictions; trade wars between larger economies; and, more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic that has created unprecedented disruptive effects. However, the vision of a truly progressive trade policy does not imply restricting trade but stimulating trade with a core commitment to identifying pathways to trade and trade policy that result in inclusive development outcomes.

In this seminar series, we seek to engage with key issues that create unequal outcomes or inequities for certain groups when engaging in trade or trade related activities; trade policies or initiatives that can address these issues; and finally, ways to support and empower groups to allow for truly inclusive trade policies and equitable growth and development. The series is guided by the objective of contributing towards better understanding the different dimensions that encompass inclusive trade.

If you are interested in sharpening your skills to help shape an inclusive trade agenda more effectively, find out more about our specialist course Making Trade Policy Inclusive.

Past events in this series

Past Event

Inclusive trade

Trade links: New rules for a new world

In this seminar, James Bacchus explained how to bring the World Trade Organization (WTO) into the twenty-first century, exploring the ways it can be utilized to combat future pandemics and climate change and advance sustainable development, all while continuing to foster free trade. Watch...

16 June 2022

Past Event

Inclusive trade

Trade and poverty: What do we know?

'Trade and poverty’ has absorbed huge amounts of research over the last two decades but it has failed to provide a definitive general answer to the question ‘does increased trade reduce poverty?' Watch now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7AwgTCYf6g This seminar provided an overview...

17 March 2022

Past Event

Inclusive trade

Sustainable development impact of trade and investment

This seminar discusses sustainable development impact of trade and investment - examining the accompanying role of trade facilitation measures, as well as environmental, social and other complementary policies for effective implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The seminar...

25 February 2022