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Welcome to Trade Out of Poverty

Trade is the only proven route out of poverty. Yet the poorest countries still face obstacles to trade with the developed world and even with each other.

TOP exists to raise awareness of how much the poorest countries could benefit from an opening up of markets to their exports. We research into the barriers that still exist, quantify the damage they do and identify successful ways of removing them.


  • Mar 09, 2015

    Trade Finance Dialogue with Oval Observer Foundation

    Finance specialists, economists, lawyers and academics participated in a Round Table at the UK House of Commons on Wednesday, 25 February convened by the Oval Observer Foundation and Trade Out of Poverty to address the gaps in trade financing in the emerging markets and to propose solutions. Read more
  • Feb 18, 2015

    "Trading out of Poverty in East Africa - Making it Happen" - TOP event with Saana Institute and TradeMark East Africa

    Last week, TOP and the Saana Institute co-hosted a panel event to discuss the importance of boosting trade to support development and regional integration in East Africa. We heard from Frank Matsaert - CEO of TradeMark East Africa, and Patrick Obath - Director of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance about the obstacles East African businesses and states face in terms of trade facilitation and regional integration and how UK aid is helping address some of these challenges. Read more
  • Nov 27, 2014

    "Trade: Developing Opportunities to Deliver Sustainable Economic Growth" - TOP chairs session at CPA Conference on Growth for Development

    Last week, TOP Co-Chair Peter Lilley chaired a session on “Trade: Developing Opportunities to Deliver Sustainable Economic Growth” at the International Parliamentary Conference on Growth for Development. The session examined the role of global trade as a vehicle to deliver poverty reduction and equitable growth. A keynote from Petko Draganov – Deputy Secretary General of UNCTAD was followed by a panel discussion with Dorothy Tembo – Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Frank Matsaert – Chief Executive of Trademark East Africa, and Dr Erja Askola – Trade Lead in the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission. Read more
  • Nov 20, 2014

    TOP welcomes high level Chinese delegation to discuss research on UK and China trade and investment with Africa

    Members of the Trade Out of Poverty APPG met a senior delegation from Chinese think tank CAITEC and from the Ministry of Commerce during their recent visit to the UK as part of IDS-led project on China-UK Cooperation on Trade and Investment in Poverty Reduction. Read more