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Quantifying Aid for Trade

A Case Study of Tanzania

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Efforts to boost international trade as a means to foster economic growth, known as Aid for Trade, have become an important issue for both aid donors and recipients. However, significant ambiguity remains regarding what is and what is not Aid for Trade. Given the high profile of the Aid for Trade initiative, to which many donors have specified commitments, the issue is not only technical but also political. Hence, it is important that an effective method is developed to establish a clear border between Aid for Trade and other types of aid. This Economic Paper explains what Aid for Trade is, and how definitions have evolved over time. Using Tanzania as a case study it shows how different definitions lead to different estimates of the amount of Aid for Trade being delivered, and suggests an alternative simple and practical methodology for recipient countries to classify and quantify it.

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Global Aid for Trade Flows

Before the situation in Tanzania is considered, this section provides a brief overview of global AfT flows by category. Total ODA commitments on AfT averaged US$20.2 billion a year between 2000 and 2006, including $10.9 billion for economic infrastructure, $8.7 billion for building productive capacity and $0.6 billion for understanding and implementing trade policies and regulations (see Figure 3.1).

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