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Trade and poverty mainstreaming: lessons from Southern Africa

Helena McLeod - Regional Trade and Integration Advisor, DFID SA1


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Although the almost comprehensive membership of the World Trade Organisation by countries would indicate that the benefits from trade are clearly understood, the empirical evidence on the relationship between trade and poverty is inconclusive. This paper looks at the links between trade and poverty but does not dwell on the pros and cons of trade liberalisation. Rather given the importance trade can play in reducing poverty it considers how trade can be mainstreamed into national strategies, how poverty can be mainstreamed into trade analysis and how donors can support the region’s trade agenda through harmonising their policies and programmes.

  1. The views are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of DFID. Many thanks to John McGrath for his valuable comments and assisting in the development of this paper.

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