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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.


  • Sep 29, 2014

    TOP's 10 Policy Priorities for the EU Trade Commissioner

    Trade Out of Poverty have published 10 policy priorities, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute, asking the new EU Trade Commissioner to recognise that trade policy is not just about promoting the EU’s direct commercial interests: it is also a key tool to stimulate economic growth in the developing world. Read more
  • Sep 12, 2014

    "Women in Trade - International Trade Centre 50th Anniversary Seminar" - TOP event with Saana Institute and ITC

    A seminar hosted by TOP and the Saana Institute as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) with a keynote presentation from the ITC’s Executive Director, Arancha Gonzalez. We were also fortunate to be joined by Mahlet Afework, an award-winning Ethiopian fashion designer and ITC beneficiary. Read more
  • 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