Trade out of poverty. Let the poorest countries prosper through trade. 

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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.


  • Jul 18, 2014

    Strengthening health markets for universal coverage - First Seminar in "Driving private sector for public good" series with IDS and APPG Debt, Aid & Trade

    This week TOP co-hosted the first in a series of meetings on business and development alongside the Institute of Development Studies and the APPG on Debt, Aid and Trade. Chaired by Lord Crisp and supported by the APPGs on Global Health, TB and HIV/AIDS, this event looked at how governments, businesses, practitioners and academics can work together more effectively to ensure that health markets in developing countries work better for the world’s poorest communities. Read more
  • Jun 26, 2014

    "Trade, Supply Chains and Transparency" - TOP event with Fairtrade Foundation and Ethical Trade Initiative

    TOP hosted an afternoon tea and panel discussion in parliament yesterday along with the Fairtrade Foundation and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). We were joined by Jenny Willott MP – Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Giles Bolton – Ethical Trading Director at Tesco, and Chief Adam Tampuri – Head of a Cashew Farmers Association and Chair of Fairtrade Africa. The event was chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey – Chair of the APPG for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. Read more
  • Jun 23, 2014

    MPs debate UK's relationship with Africa

    Last week, James Duddridge MP led a Backbench Business Debate on “The UK’s Relationship with Africa”. The importance of trade was a major theme emphasised by numerous members. Areas highlighted included the need for increased investment in infrastructure, security and governance issues as hindrances to economic development, and a disappointment at the lack of progress in agreeing a deal at Doha on agricultural subsidies and the ongoing EU economic partnership agreements. Read more
  • Jun 11, 2014

    TOP member Baroness Falkner at Chatham House Conference

    Yesterday, Baroness Falkner of Margravine represented TOP at the Chatham House conference on “Global Trade: A Trade System for the 21st Century”. As the World Trade Organisation achieves its first breakthrough on trade facilitation and bilateral negotiations unfold between trading partners across the Atlantic and Pacific regions, a new era for global trade appears to be emerging. The conference addressed questions about the future of global trade governance and prospects for bilateral and multilateral trade liberalization, and considered what lies ahead for trade in a competitive global economy. Read more