Aid for trade

Aid for Trade at a Glance 2011: Showing Results


The publication Aid for Trade at a Glance 2011: Showing Results  was released on 18-19 July 2011 during the 3rd Global Review of Aid for Trade.  

Publication date:
18 July 2011

ISBN: 9789287037800


This joint OECD-WTO publication provides a comprehensive analysis of trends and developments in aid that aims to help developing countries integrate into the global economy and benefit from trade opportunities. Over 260 case stories and 140 self-assessments by partner countries, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, providers of South-South co-operation, and regional economic communities provide the basis for this analysis, coupled with OECD aid data and findings from evaluations and econometric studies.


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The picture is positive: aid for trade is bettering the lives of many men and women in developing countries. The case stories paint an encouraging picture of the wide variety of trade-related activities in a large number of developing countries that are being supported by a range of donors. Increasingly, aid for trade is being integrated in broader development strategies, with objectives focusing on competitiveness, economic growth and poverty reduction. Donors are harmonising their procedures and aligning their support around these strategies. Aid-for-trade flows continue to grow and reached USD 40 billion in 2009 – an increase of 60% since 2005.
Developing countries and donors must continue their efforts to improve the effectiveness and the results of aid for trade. Although progress has been made in joint monitoring and evaluation, strengthening mutual accountability and managing aid to achieve trade results remain challenging. A joint, streamlined approach to measuring progress towards developing countries’ trade related targets will reinforce country ownership – a critical factor in ensuring that aid for trade enhances trade capacity and promotes economic growth and development.








Chapter 1. Objectives, priorities and strategies: What has changed?

This chapter answers four questions. What has changed in aid-for-trade objectives, priorities, strategies and policies since the last round of monitoring? What drove these changes? How has demand evolved? And what is the outlook for aid for trade?


Chapter 2. How have aid for trade flows evolved? 
In 2009, aid-for-trade commitments reached approximately USD 40 billion, a 60% increase from the 2002-05 baseline. Non-concessional lending to trade-related sectors doubled to reach USD 51 billion. Half of all aid for trade is provided in grant form, mainly to the poorest developing countries. Disbursements have been growing steadily at 11-12% for each year since 2006 - reaching USD 29 billion in 2009 - indicating that past commitments are being met.


Chapter 3. How is Aid for Trade delivered?

This chapter presents the findings of the 2011 aid-for-trade monitoring survey of donor and partner country adherence to these key aid effectiveness principles. More specifically, it assesses whether the delivery of aid for trade has improved since the previous survey in 2009.


Chapter 4. What are expectations and results?

This chapter focuses on the results of aid for trade, based on the views of partner countries, donors and providers of South-South co-operation expressed in the self-assessment questionnaires. It analyses what each stakeholder expects from aid-for-trade interventions, what policies best support these results and what has been achieved so far. This analysis is complemented by references to the broader trade and economic literature.


Chapter 5. What do the case stories tell us?

The purpose of the case stories was to probe more deeply into the objectives, challenges, and processes of trade-related assistance so as to better understand the results of such assistance – particularly, what worked well in the provision of aid for trade, what were the key ingredients of success, and what  governments and practitioners could learn from these experiences.


Conclusions: Where next in monitoring and evaluation?


Country Information


Self Assessments and Factsheets

Case Stories


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