Aid for Trade -initiative seeks to align donor and partner countries’ strategies in promoting trade as a leverage for poverty reduction. Additional resources are needed to tackle trade-related constraints and enable developing countries to fully benefit from trade openness. Read more

Global reviews

7th Global Review of Aid for Trade

Since the inception of the Aid for Trade initiative, 7 monitoring exercises have been undertaken, each with greater complexity and depth. At each Global Review event, the OECD and WTO issue a joint flagship report on “Aid for Trade at a Glance”.

The 7th Global Review 2019 looks at the theme of "Economic Diversification and Empowerment". By analysing how trade can contribute to economic diversification and empowerment, with a focus on eliminating extreme poverty, particularly through the effective participation of women and youth. It shows how aid for trade can contribute to that objective by addressing supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints, including for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises notably in rural areas.

Ahead of the 7th Global Review, the 6th Global Review 2017 looked at the theme of "Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development". By addressing the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints of developing, and in particular least developed countries, Aid for Trade can help advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 



Aid for Trade helps developing countries, particularly least developed countries, with trade.  Many of them face a range of supply-side and trade-related infrastructure obstacles which constrains their ability to engage in international trade. The Aid for Trade initiative was launched at the 2005 Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference, with the aim to support developing countries’ access to the market by helping them to articulate, communicate and mainstream their trade-related objectives and for donors to then be aligned.

The OECD and WTO have established a monitoring framework to track progress in implementing the Aid for Trade initiative. It consists of the following four elements:

  1. Mainstreaming and prioritising trade (demand)
  2. Trade-related projects and programmes (response)
  3. Enhanced capacity to trade (outcome)
  4. Improved trade performance and reduced poverty (impact)

Related links

 AFT 2019 SG slider

The Aid for Trade Global Review 2019,

Launch OECD-WTO publication Aid for Trade at a Glance 2019: Economic Diversification and Empowerment

3 July 2019

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The Aid for Trade Global Review 2019,

“Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”

3-5 July 2019

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Aid for Trade at a Glance 2019

Economic Diversification and Empowerment

Aid used for trade is helping developing countries diversify, driving investment and creating jobs.

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Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event

Aid for Trade: all the key facts in 9 graphs

23 March 2021