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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.

News

  • 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
  • Nov 10, 2014

    Good for business and poor people? The role of the private sector in tackling under-nutrition" - Second Seminar in "Driving private sector for public good" series with IDS and APPG Debt, Aid & Trade

    Last week TOP co-hosted the second 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 Cameron and supported by the APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development, this event looked at how business can make the most effective contribution to tackling under-nutrition, examined the role of public-private partnerships and explored the best ways for policymakers and civil society to help create an environment that both supports business involvement and tackles under-nutrition for the world’s poorest. Read more
  • 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