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“Doing What We’re Good At” Is the Mantra of the New Dutch Development and Trade Policy. But for Whose Benefit?
July 20, 2022
The Dutch government has published a new policy memorandum on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. According to Liesje Schreinemacher, the Minister in charge of this portfolio, a lot of what the Dutch government are doing in this space “works very well”. Though the evidence shows that some of ...
US Trade Policy Shouldn’t Pit Developing Countries Against Each Other
October 16, 2020
The global economy is gradually healing from the economic blows dealt by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery remains fragile and halting. Reduced trade is more a symptom than a cause of those trends—and what governments do in terms of additional fiscal stimulus will do far more to determine t...
The WTO and Development—CGD Talks with the Candidates for Director-General
September 11, 2020
CGD has engaged in a series of conversations between CGD president Masood Ahmed and the Director-General candidates for the WTO, with a focus on the candidates’ views for how the WTO can amplify developing country voices in global trading systems.
Next Steps for Nigeria's Border Situation: Amaka Anku and Nonso Obikili on the CGD Podcast
December 09, 2019
I talk with Amaka Anku of Eurasia Group and Nonso Obikili of Economic Research Southern Africa about Nigeria's recent border closure. We discuss the history between Nigeria and Benin, the costs of the border closure for people living in poverty, and possible next steps for the Nigerian governmen...
Promoting New Kinds of Legal Labour Migration Pathways Between Europe and Africa
October 24, 2019
The arrival of a new leadership team in Brussels provides an opportunity for Europe to reinvigorate its role as a global development power and to build a true partnership with its continental neighbour, Africa. These tasks have never been more urgent. Read here for recommendations on migration.
Building an EU-Africa Partnership of Equals: A Roadmap for the New European Leadership
September 04, 2019
The arrival of a new leadership team in Brussels provides an opportunity for Europe to reinvigorate its role as a global development power and to build a true partnership with its continental neighbour, Africa. These tasks have never been more urgent.
Trump’s Strangest Trade Idea Yet
January 16, 2019
Kimberly Ann Elliott responds to rumors that the US is considering kicking several Central American countries out of a trade agreement and explains why a fear motivating the move—that China might gain backdoor access to the American market—is unfounded.
Will Brazil Retreat from Its Role in International Development?
November 09, 2018
Brazil’s newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro has been characterised as an unsavoury anti-globalist—so, will he unwind Brazil’s progress as a development actor over the last two decades? Below, I will highlight Brazil’s important contributions to international development, ...
CDI 2018 and Trade: Advanced Economies and Poverty-Weighted Trade Tariffs
September 17, 2018
As the global trade powerhouses lurch towards protectionism, CGD’s Commitment to Development Index, released today, reveals which advanced economies have trade policies that support—or fail to support—lower-income countries.
Europe and Developing Countries: Time for a New “New Trade Relationship”
August 10, 2018
Europe’s trade relationships with the developing world are up for review, but policymakers are failing to seize the opportunity.