International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 2, April-June

Bringing in NGOs
If we advocate for trade as a force for development, can we afford to ignore non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? The NGO protests at WTO meetings that everyone has seen on television are the tip of something bigger. NGOs are more involved in...
Cambodia's Silk Road to Poverty Reduction: Wiped out by the Khmer Rouge, the Ancient Cambodian Tradition of Women Weaving and Wearing Silk Is Enjoying a Renaissance
The story started with an exceedingly modest contribution of $20,000 to improve the new-born Cambodian Silk Forum in 2002. An encouraging on-the-spot survey of market possibilities in Europe for hand-woven Cambodian silk products persuaded ITC in 2003...
Coffee Kids: Helping Families of Poor Producers: Coffee Kids Gives Coffee-Growing Communities a Hand Up, Not a Handout
Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work in the coffee sector. Some offer funds or sponsorship. Others implement programmes in the field. Some work only in the coffee sector, others don't. Coffee Kids, an NGO from a coffee-importing country,...
Collaborating with an Advocacy NGO: Oxfam Is a Major Non-Governmental Organization in Trade Policy Debates. It Also Has a Role in Local Trade Development. What Kind of Collaboration Is Possible with an Advocacy NGO? Natalie Domeisen and Peter Hulm of Trade Forum Spoke to Online Charveriat, Head of Oxfam's Trade Office in Geneva
Q Oxfam's campaigning for fairer trade rules and your emergency work are well known. But you are also heavily involved in ground-level work on trade and business development. What are these activities? A The purpose of our programmes on the ground...
Fair Trade as a Business Model: Don't Look at Fair Trade as a Charity-Treat It as a Business Model, Argues Paola Ghillani, Former Head of the Max Havelaar Fair Trade Organization in Switzerland
Q How did you come to take over leadership of Max Havelaar in Switzerland after being at a big business multinational? A I wasn't the first choice, since I didn't come from the development cooperation field. Max Havelaar Switzerland was created...
Fair Trade: What Does "Fair Trade" Mean? You Won't Find One Single Answer. Here We Look at the Market Profile of Fair Trade-The Players, Controversies, Benefits and Drawbacks
Fair trade in international commerce has two distinct meanings. In trade negotiations, the term is used broadly to argue that subsidies and disguised barriers skew the global trade system against developing countries and commodity producers. Former...
Grass-Roots NGOs Develop Trade: Non-Governmental Organizations Can Bring Complementary Skills, Knowledge and Commitment to Trade Development Projects, Particularly Those Helping Poor Communities
Often, blocks to exporting are not directly related to trade matters. Poverty, HIV/AIDS, disabilities and cultural isolation are examples of issues that can stop people from running successful businesses. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) experienced...
ITC Is Poised for New Progress: After 12 Years at the Helm of ITC, J. Denis Belisle Leaves a Thriving Trade Development Organization with Confidence in Its Future
Over the past 12 years, the ambiance at ITC's annual meetings has changed radically, in keeping with a new maturity and sense of self-confidence in the organization. This progress is the result of the hard work, imagination, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial...
NGOs in Trade Development: International Players
With thousands of non-governmental organizations involved in trade development, putting together a list of key players is a difficult task. The table below is not exhaustive, but it is representative of the organizations that could be of interest to...
Partners in Trade Policy: In Kenya, ITC Teams Up with a Non-Governmental Organization to Broaden the Debate on Trade in Services
Many developing countries are inviting NGOs to assist them in their trade policy-making, for example when taking part in WTO talks. NGOs have played an advisory role in some developing country delegations in the last three Ministerial Conferences at...
SWOT Analysis: NGOs as Partners
Trade Forum analyses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of non-governmental organizations as trade development partners. NGOs come in many shapes and sizes. Some governments and international agencies are asking: how can...
Trade Development in Action
"Helping developing countries export better is a stepping stone to development," said many delegates at ITC's annual meeting in April 2006. ITC: Building supply capacity "ITC's expertise is pragmatic technical assistance to build up exports from...
Working with NGOs: Focusing on Development Is the Key to Partnership between Trade Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations
If the governments, donors and development agencies that drive trade development activities are to increase the development impact of their efforts, they must bring nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) into the mainstream of trade development. Development...