Trading Stories

Experiences with Gender and Trade

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Through twenty regional and country case studies, Trading Stories pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic development. Ten case studies focus on the gender impacts of trade policies, detailing differential consequences on men and women; and ten focus on linking women with global markets – including FairTrade, organic, niche and mainstream markets – through a range of best practices involving government, NGOs, people’s organisations and associations, private sector and international agencies.

The book draws on three recent Commonwealth Secretariat publications on gender and trade: Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System; Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets; and Gender and Trade Action Guide and is a useful addition to the growing body of evidence that will help governments to effectively mainstream gender in their trade policy.



Knitting it Together: India and the MFA Phase-out

After almost 200 years of colonisation, India in 1947 remained a poor, agrarian economy and supplier of natural resources. The independence period witnessed the emergence of a mixed economy with pronounced socialist leanings that was trying to grow on all fronts simultaneously. Economic development was envisaged through a centralised and controlled planning process, with the Government as the most important provider of services and employment. An import substitution model was preferred to open trading, and restrictions on imports and private and foreign investment were imposed. High tariff walls were the norm and economic reforms were largely absent. By the late 1980s, the lack of incentives for individual initiative, combined with population growth, had resulted in increasing poverty and an under - performing economy.


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