A blog that looks at the ever-evolving international development agenda. The time of unfocused monetary aid is ending; instead we need new innovative and sustainable ways to aid LEDCs and MEDCs. At the Forum for Trade and Development we believe the most promising programmes are those that focus on Aid for Trade, this form of aid is about helping countries grow by enabling them to build trade capacity and infrastructure.
If countries are able to efficiently and successfully trade on their own they can grow sustainably on their own terms and graduate from needing financial aid rather than relying long term on international aid donations. We argue it is sometimes said that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life, FFTD believes if you build that man a working port and strong trade routes he can feed not just himself but the entire country for life and generations to come.
This blog will endeavour to weigh up different arguments and debates within Aid for Trade. Equally we hope to seek out some of the success stories from trade development groups and identify just how successful it has the potential to be.