Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


The effectiveness of aid for trade

Some empirical evidence

Aid for Trade (AfT) has moved up both the aid and trade agendas. Several studies have emerged describing the rationale of aid for trade, but it is now time to move beyond the descriptive stage and into analysing the needs and designing the implementation process. This issue of Trade Hot Topics provides a brief overview of empirical evidence on the effectiveness of Aid for Trade. A key motivation of the study is a lack of good quantitative evidence on actual aid for trade in-country flows and the possible effects of aid for trade.


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