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.


  • Mar 25, 2014

    TOP event: "Economic Partnership Agreements: The Final Countdown"

    Yesterday, TOP and the African All Party Parliamentary Group co-hosted a panel of experts to discuss the topic “Economic Partnership Agreements: The Final Countdown”. In the run up to the EU-Africa Summit taking place next week (2nd April), Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have been dominating the discussions. EPA negotiations have been in progress for over 10 years, but are being brought to a sudden end after the EU announced a deadline of 1st October 2014. We were joined by speakers from the DFID/BIS Joint Trade Policy Unit, ECPDM and SOAS. Read more
  • Feb 27, 2014

    TOP event: “Thinking Small in Private Sector Development”

    Yesterday, TOP co-hosted a lively seminar discussion with CAFOD, raising awareness of the key role of the private sector and especially SMEs in driving development and poverty reduction. We heard from the Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan as well as being joined by panellists from CAFOD, SABMiller and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Zambia. Read more
  • Feb 10, 2014

    Greening: UK will focus on frontier economic development

    “Economic development is, without question, the only way countries can leave behind enduring and chronic poverty for good,” said Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, as she outlined her department’s new approach to support growth and create jobs in developing countries in a speech at the London Stock Exchange. Read more
  • Feb 05, 2014

    "The Future of Development: Equitable Growth through Trade?"

    TOP Co-Chair Peter Lilley chaired an event hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association this afternoon, which explored the role that trade is likely to play in future development models. He was joined by Dirk Willem te Velde, Head of International Economic Development Group at ODI, and Peter Callaghan, Director General of the Commonwealth Business Council. Read more