Editorial

4 April 2011

Looking at Small and Vulnerable Economies (SVEs), Massimiliano Calì and Dirk Willem te Velde, from the Overseas Development Institute , and  Mohammad Razzaque, from the Commonwealth Secretariat, analyse the rationale and effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AfT) in SVEs. Their analysis stresses the specificity of the challenges and problems facing SVEs in international trade, and explores how AfT can better target these bottlenecks providing AfT-related suggestions for donors and SVE policy-makers.

Continuing on AfT, Eleonora Canigiani from the UNCCD's Global Mechanism stresses the importance of joint planning exercises to improve policy coordination and coherence between trade and agriculture, whether at the level of national ministries or donors. Canigiani illustrates her claim by examining Uganda's experience in promoting Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

As the third Global review of AfT approaches, Paolo Ghisu, AfT from ICTSD presents an alternative methodology that encompasses indicators to measure the effectiveness of AfT in areas such as additionality, ownership, alignment, predictability, and impact. The application of the methodology in six countries (Nepal, Cambodia, Malawi, Mauritius, Peru and Jamaica) later on this year will allow for generating country specific data so as to better measure the effectiveness and development impact of AfT at local and sectoral levels.

The article by Henrike Klavert, Eleonora Koeb and Jeske van Seters, from ECDPM, deals with the trends reflected in the EU commission's Green paper "EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development", released in November 2010.  Modernising the EU's development policy, the authors argue, entails moving forward on four key areas for action: more strategic approach to partnership; the integration of political economy dimensions; the seizing of opportunities of the Lisbon treaty and finally the need to address the "delivery challenge".

TNI gives the floor to Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, a regionalist, development planner and researcher. While structural limitations facing the region provide a strong rationale for integration, the region has yet to overcome its historical legacies and personalised political culture, the two principal barriers to effective regional governance. The article raises key points to remedy this situation, involving strategic leadership, civic participation and the restructuring of the institutional framework.

Finally, we feature an article by Audrey Aubard, who provides an "on the ground" perspective on the challenges encountered and on how to successfully implement a Geographical Indication through the Moroccan Argane oil case.

As always, TNI's editorial team welcomes your feedback and ideas for contributions. Feel free to contact is at tni@ictsd.ch.

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