Trade is an important driver of economic growth around the world. CGD’s research focuses on how trade policies can support poverty reduction and economic growth in developing economies by promoting market access that opens the door to foreign investment and job creation.


Rich countries and emerging powers can help developing countries reap the developmental benefits of trade by offering them preferential market access. Some do, but their programs are often flawed and lack coordination. This initiative aims to expand market access for the poorest countries and to make more of it duty-free, quota-free.

CGD’s work in food, agriculture, and biofuels focuses on how rich countries’ agricultural policies and practices impact people and economic development in the poor world. Trade is one part of that picture. Domestic subsidies, sanitary regulations, biofuel mandates, and demand for “fair trade” goods factor in as well.

Center for Global Development experts present concrete, practical policy proposals that will promote growth and reduce poverty abroad. Each can make a difference at virtually no incremental cost to US taxpayers. Together, they can help secure America’s preeminence as a development and security power and partner.

Rethinking US Development Policy seeks to broaden the US government’s approach to development while strengthening existing foreign assistance tools. It is backed by rigorous research and analysis of investment, trade, technology, and foreign assistance related issues.

The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Those policies extend well beyond giving foreign aid, which is just one of seven components on the CDI.