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Yurendra Basnett
Yurendra Basnett

Yurendra Basnett

Dr Yurendra Basnett leads ODI’s research and technical advisory work on trade and economic development policies. For the past eight years, he has been advising governments, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and civil society organisations on trade policy and negotiations, economic transformation, growth diagnostics, regional integration and labour migration. He has contributed to seminal reports on the post-2015 global development agenda, the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, and the Doha Development Agenda. His in-country policy advisory and capacity building experiences span the Asia-Pacific as well as the sub-Saharan Africa region (for example in Nepal, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Namibia, Uganda and South Sudan). He has an extensive and growing publication record, which include edited volumes, book chapters, reports, articles in peer reviewed journal, working papers, briefing papers and policy articles. His work has been referenced by IRIN News and Guardian, and has led to interviews with BBC, Xinhua News Agency and Al Jazeera. He holds a PhD in the political economy of development from the University of Cambridge where he studied under the supervision of Dr Ha-Joon Chang. His Masters was in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science where he was awarded the William Robson Memorial Prize.

Yurendra Basnett

WTO Bali Declaration: what does it mean?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 6 December 2013

The WTO Ministerial in Bali has just reached a deal on some of the following areas of negotiations: a package for Least Development Countries (LDCs), Trade facilitation, and Agriculture. But what does it all mean for developing countries in general, and for LDCs in particular? The Bali Ministerial was preceded by intense negotiations in Geneva on the Doha Round. By

Golden opportunities in Ethiopia
Golden opportunities in Ethiopia

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The future of Aid for Trade at the World Trade Organization

Event - Panel - 4 December 2013 12:45 - 14:15 (GMT+01 (BST))
​At the Bali Trade and Development Symposium which took place on the sidelines of the Ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, this panel session asked how the Aid for Trade initiative can be reinvigorated so that it responds to changes and strengthens the WTO in years to come. Speakers included Yurendra Basnett and Jodie Keane from ODI, Ratnakar Adhikari, Mohammed Razzaque and Eamon Cassidy. The panel was moderated by Dirk Willem te Velde. 

Future directions for Aid for Trade

Publication - Discussion papers - 29 November 2013
This report questions the future direction for the Aid for Trade (AfT), recommending that for the initiative to become more effective it must narrow its focus. The report suggests that Aid for Trade should concentrate on helping developing countries trade by building their productive capacity, reducing the cost of trading and increasing trade infrastructure.

Namibia's Aid for Trade framework and summary

Publication - Briefing papers - 1 November 2013
Ojijo Odhiambo, Yurendra Basnett, Edward Kamboua, Benjamin Rinaune Katjipuka, Albertina Kamuhlu, Mumtaz Keklik, David Luke, Luisa Bernal, Massimiliano Riva
​The aim of this report is to present Namibia’s Aid for Trade Framework and Strategy. The purpose of such a framework and strategy is to effectively leverage trade for economic growth and human development in Namibia. Notwithstanding the specificities, it has been well established that trade is important for economic growth and human development of any country.