Publications and resources

6 May 2015

Industrial Policies in a Changing World: What Prospects for Low Income Countries?  -- E15 Initiative –  May 2014

This paper focuses on some industrial policies and strategies adopted by Low Income Countries (LICs) and the conditions under which their objectives were achieved (or not). They include Bangladesh’s successes in building up a pharmaceutical industry focusing on affordable generic drugs, and a readymade garments industry that has a large share of the world market, in addition to Ethiopia’s success as an exporter of cut flowers. Looking forward, as the nature of industrialisation and trade policies change, it looks at what policies LICs may adopt to catch up with the developed world.

A ‘Clean Sheet’ Approach to Fisheries Subsidies Disciplines-- E15 Initiative –  April 2014

Fisheries subsidies have different economic and environmental impacts depending on their formal incidence and the bio-economic state of the fisheries they affect. With the exception of expenditure on fisheries management and the research supporting it, current evidence suggests that most subsidies are harmful in most circumstances, reinforcing the argument that disciplines are required. The fact that only a small fraction of global fisheries have any room for increased exploitation suggests that any exceptions to new disciplines should be carefully designed so as to minimize the potentially negative impact of production-enhancing subsidies on fish stocks, and thus on sustainable development in the long term.

Tariff Escalation and Preferences in International Fish Production and Trade -- E15 Initiative –  March 2014

This think piece reviews available evidence on the effects of tariff policy (especially tariff escalation and preferences) on fish product production structures, development outcomes and fish stocks. The paper consists of a qualitative review of available literature produced by international agencies (e.g. FAO, OECD, World Bank), NGOs (e.g. Greenpeace, ICTSD) and academics.

Regional Economic Outlook – International Monetary Fund – April 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa anticipates a pickup in economic growth in 2014 but the region continues to face risks from both external and internal factors, among them slower growth in emerging markets which could impact both export demand and commodity prices. This report analyses the possible impact of global forces on continued growth in sub-Saharan Africa and the policy actions that are needed to address these challenges.

Market Access Map – International Trade Centre (ITC) – April 2015

The market access map is an interactive analytical web application developed by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to support the needs of exporters and importers, trade support institutions, trade policy makers and academic institutions in developing countries. With the aim of enhancing market transparency and facilitating the analysis of trade-related policy issues, it presents a comprehensive perspective on the different types of barriers that affect international trade.

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2013/2014– Trade Law Centre (TRALAC) – April 2015

This annual publication serves as a platform to discuss and present findings on the subject of regional integration and the topics it comprises. Regional and especially economic integration holds potential and strong benefits for Africa. But this is true only if Africa could succeed in identifying a successful formula to counter challenges confronting the project of regional integration.

Africa's Pulse, April 2015– The World Bank – April 2015

This publication contains an analysis of the near-term macro-economic outlook for the region. It also includes a section focusing on a topic that represents a particular development challenges for the continent. It is produced by the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region. This issue is an analysis of issues shaping Africa's economic future. Growth remains stable in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some countries are seeing a slowdown, but the region's economic prospects remain broadly favorable.                               

The Future of Urban Development & Services: Urban Development Recommendations for the Government of India– World Economic Forum – April 2015

This report is the third in the FUDS Initiative. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development & Services (FUDS) Initiative serves as a partner in transformation for cities around the world as they address urban challenges. The first two presented the results of the initiative’s engagement with three Chinese cities. With each of these cities, the Forum conducted a “Champion City Activity” in cooperation with the China Center for Urban Development and the World Bank.                                                                                     

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2013/2014 – Trade Law Centre (TRALAC) – March 2015

This publication critically examines strengths and weaknesses in the development of southern Africa as a region. It also reveals interesting findings and data about issues confronting the region as it struggles to find its feet in the challenging process of regional integration.

Industrializing through trade: Economic Report on Africa 2015 – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – March 2015

This Report examines and provides analysis on the critical elements of effectively fostering industrialization and hence structural transformation based on an extensive review of experience with industrialised countries and Africa’s post-independence attempt at industrialization. Ten country case studies were also conducted to shed light on industrializing through trade. The findings from this exercise informed the policy recommendations contained in this Report.

Assessment and Review under a 2015 Climate Change Agreement – Norden – March 2015

This study published by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) identifies a range of options for designing and organising an assessment of countries’ national contributions to the expected UN global climate deal. The study supports an ex ante review of the national contributions before a UN meeting scheduled to be held in Paris, France in December. While the report acknowledges the limited room for formal multilateral assessment, it nonetheless encourages countries to conduct informal reviews, including through bilateral and plurilateral talks.

Understanding Climate Finance for the Paris summit in December 2015 in the Context of Financing for Sustainable Development for the Addis Ababa Conference in July 2015 – CCCEP, GRICCE –March 2015

This paper, authored by Nicholas Stern and published by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, argues that governments should not create a “rigid separation” between their overseas aid for supporting development and tackling climate change. Lord Stern’s paper proposes six priority areas in relation to climate finance for development support including among others, promoting lower carbon infrastructure, energy efficiency measures, and funding adaptation.


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