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Trade, private sector and economic development - Links

[Updated: February 28, 2011]

This is a new page of the DDRN website established to provide you with easier access to links concerning trade, private sector and economic development posted on this site. Please note that new items uploaded since the latest monthly newsletter will be posted on top of the list. 

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Africa Commission - Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa. The Africa Commission focuses on how to create more jobs and further economic growth in Africa in the years to come. The overall focus will be on youth, employment and economic growth.

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). The objective of the Consortium is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Agri-ProFocus. Agri-ProFocus is a Dutch partnership of donor agencies, credit institutions, fair trade organisations, training institutes and knowledge institutions. Agri-ProFocus is engaged in the development and strengthening of producer organisations to promote rural economic development and liveable rural areas.

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). ARTNeT, an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the UNESCAP region. It aims at increasing the amount of quality and relevant trade research in the region by harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capacity through regional team research projects, enhanced research dissemination mechanisms, increased interactions between policymakers and researchers, and specific capacity building activities catering to researchers and research institutions from least developed countries.


Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies (CFATS). The Center analyzes a range of local, national, and global initiatives which seek to enhance social justice and environmental sustainability through fair and alternative production, distribution, and consumption practices.

Centre for Business and Development Studies. Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS) is a network of individual researchers at Copenhagen Business School with a common interest in business and development studies. The CBDS has the objective to be an internationally leading research centre for the study of business in developing countries.

Centre for Trade and Development (Centad). Centad is an independent, not-for-profit organisation registered under the Indian Societies Act that carries out policy research and advocacy on issues around trade and development, with a focus on South Asia.

Chinese Federation For Corporate Social Responsibility (CFCSR). CFCSR was launched in Beijing by 13 Chinese and foreign-owned enterprises in October 2006 and aims to support the sustainable development in underprivileged areas of China and undertake more social responsibility.


Development Economics Research Group (DERG). DERG is a group of economists whose work is aimed at promoting high-quality policy relevant Danish research in development economics. DERG was established and consolidated during the period 1996-2002 (sometimes referred to as DERG-I). Research and policy analysis is now being continued under DERG-II (2002-2007) under the coordination of Finn Tarp. DERG is based at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen.


Economica: Women and the Global Economy‎. This online exhibition explores the many facets of women's experiences of and contributions to the global economy.

(United Nations) Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). ECLAC is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives.


Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) - Markets and Trade. FEWS NET market work focuses on markets specifically for food security monitoring, assessment, analysis, and early warning.

FAO – ILO website “Food, Agriculture and Decent Work”. The website was launched by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in June 2008 and intends to give visibility to FAO-ILO’s collaboration, highlighting the linkages between employment, rural development and food security.


Global Commodity Chains and Development. This research programme run by IVO, the Development Research Institute of the University of Tilburg, Netherlands, focuses on the relationship between global commodity chains and development. As the economic activities of developing countries are becoming progressively integrated in international chains of production and trade, opportunities and restrictions for development become related to the structure and dynamics of these chains.


Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal. The Country Risk Portal developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights is the first freely available website to present comprehensive, structured and timely country risk information designed to guide and empower business, government and civil society actors seeking to address the human rights impact of business in developing countries around the world.


Imp-Act Consortium. The Imp-Act Consortium was formed as a result of a three-year action-research project at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, which looked at making impact assessment more useful for microfinance institutions. The consortium works to make microfinance more effective in reducing poverty and a.o trains and connects practitioners.

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The ICTSD is an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental organization that engages a broad range of actors in ongoing dialogue on trade and sustainable development policy. The Centre is a broker of knowledge and information on trade policy and sustainable development.

International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS). IILS is an autonomous facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The mandate of the Institute is to promote research, public debate and knowledge sharing on emerging issues of concern to the ILO and its constituents - government, business and labour.


Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). LACEA is an international association of economists with common research interests in Latin America. It was formed in 1992 to facilitate the exchange of ideas among economists and policymakers.


MicroFinance Network (MFN). International association of leading microfinance institutions. Through the MFN, 33 members from 28 countries share ideas, experiences, and innovative solutions to the challenges they face in search of continuous growth and progress.


Regoverning Markets - Small-Scale producers in Modern Agrofood markets. This website contains documents, reports, conference minutes etc. from the Regoverning Markets programme (2005-2007), which was established to provide strategic advice to the public sector, agri-food chain actors, development agencies etc. with regards to the rapid changes happening in agri-food markets and industries in middle and low-income countries.

Rural Finance Learning Centre. The Rural Finance Learning Centre aims to assist organisations in developing countries to build their capacity to deliver improved financial services which meet the needs of rural households and businesses with a focus on microfinance. The site contains self study guides and training tools as well as an online reference library.


Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network. The network connects microenterprise practitioners from around the world to develop practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household.

Standards as Rules of Trade (START) Policy and Research Network. The START Policy and Research Network seeks to bring together a body of researchers from developed and developing countries who work in the area of agro-food standards and trade. It acts as a catalyst for exchanging research findings and contributing to the process of formulating policy options and trade negotiation positions for a range of actors in developing countries, including governments, firms and labour organisations.

Supporting Entrepeneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative. SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, UNEP and UNDP to deliver concrete progress towards the internationally-agreed, aspirational goals in the UN’s Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The SEED Initiative inspires, supports and researches exceptional, entrepreneurial, nascent, multi-stakeholder partnerships for locally-led sustainable development.


The Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI). The Sustainable Commodity Initiative is a joint initiative managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The initiative aims to discover ways to ensure that sustainable practices are adopted into commodity production and trade to enhance social, environmental and economic welfare on a global scale.


UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre website. The aim of this website is to provide partners with a central point, where they can easily access the most relevant and up to date information within the procurement capacity development arena.


VoxLACEA is a portal for research-based policy analysis and commentary by scholars on issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean.


Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas. The Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas brings together economic researchers from the Americas and contributes with empirical research and policy analysis to debates on economic development strategies and international trade. The website gives access to different reports on trade, investment and economic policy in the region.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). WBCSD is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and to advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations.

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