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, 2006

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 trade...
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...
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,...
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 Céline Charveriat,...
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,...
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...
Grass-Roots NGOs Develop Trade
by Peter Hulm, Prema de Sousa and Natalie Domeisen, ITCNon-governmental organizations can bring complementary skills, knowledge and commitment to trade development projects, particularly those helping poor communities.Often, blocks to exporting are not...
ITC Is Poised for New Progress
After 12 years at the helm of ITC, J. Denis Bélisle 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...
NGOs in Trade Development
International PlayersWith 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...
Partners in Trade Policy
In Kenya, ITC teams up with a non-governmental organization to broaden the debate on trade in services.In Kenya, a Richer Debate on ServicesMany developing countries are inviting NGOs to assist them in their trade policy-making, for example when taking...
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 their...
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 developing...
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,...

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