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.
Latest publications: Discussion papers
This framing paper outlines contemporary thinking and debates on ‘budgeting in the real world’ – the theme of the 2013 CAPE Conference.
This study investigates the impact of aid for trade facilitation on export performance. It uses a sample of 58 low-income and lower-middle-income countries over the period 1996-2011 to access the extent to which recipient countries' institutional quality may affect the effectiveness of aid for trade facilitation.
Trade finance is a neglected aspect of policy focus, yet an important element of modern trading relationships. This paper examines the evidence for the importance of trade for the economic prospects of developing countries and suggests that there is a significant opportunity to expand both intra-Commonwealth trade, as well as the share of Commonwealth member countries’ trade with the rest of the world.
One in a series of ODI working papers assessing the effectivness of multilateral climate finance; this paper reviews the Clean Technology Fund.
Building on previous reflections on the utility of systematic reviews in international development research, this paper describes an approach to carrying out a literature review that adheres to some of the core principles of ‘full’ systematic reviews, but that also contains space within the process for innovation and reflexivity.
The report discusses the consultation findings of the study on how to maximise the impact of youth entrepreneurship support in different contexts.
A commentary on the development aspects of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Review, published in July 2013.
The key objective of this paper is to stimulate a debate on potential employment indicators for a post-2015 framework. As the discussions around a post-2015 agenda intensify, we offer concrete and innovative proposals to improve the monitoring of employment outcomes in a future development framework.