Books

Our books capture in-depth research, often based on field visits, on a variety of trade and economic issues. Detailed explanation of a subject is presented in an easy reading format that suits both laypersons and practicioners.

The Political Dimension of Trade Reforms: Impact on Food Security in the East African Community

2014. Deux ans après sa première édition en anglais, « This study investigates the political economy aspects of food trade in East Africa, with a focus on political and social interactions in the production and trade of maize and rice. Findings indicate that in spite of the Customs Union Protocol, non-tariff barriers remain a major hindrance to cross-border agriculture trade. Furthermore, policymakers rarely engage non-state actors in policy measures around food staples, which are subject to political influence.

Réflexions depuis la ligne de front : Les négociateurs des pays en développement à l'OMC

2013. Deux ans après sa première édition en anglais, « Réflexions depuis la ligne de front : Les négociateurs des pays en développement à l'OMC » revient dans cette édition en français qui recèle plusieurs nouveautés, parmi lesquelles un nouveau chapitre sur l'initiative en faveur du coton. Ce livre est le récit de l'évolution des négociations du cycle de Doha, de ses accélérations et de ses blocages. Ses auteurs, négociateurs anciens et actuels de pays en développement, sont les mieux placés pour nous apporter cette vision depuis la ligne de front.

How Can Agriculture and Trade Lead to Livelihoods, Food Security and Development?

2011. This monograph summarises analysis around ten themes of importance to development in Eastern and Southern Africa. The themes range from the role of agriculture to that of governments, donors and CSOs, and also include international and regional trade, education and capacity building needs, and multi-stakeholder consultations and coordination. It offers comprehensive and yet concrete suggestions for action.

Agriculture in Development of Select African Countries: Linkages with Trade, Productivity, Livelihood and Food Security

2011. After 15 months investigating the importance of agricultural trade for food security and poverty reduction in five countries of Eastern and Southern Africa, this research underscores limitations faced in boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring food security, due to physical, legal, economic, social and cultural factors, and outlines how the promotion of regional trade and effective trade facilitation policies can provide effective solutions.

Reflections from the Frontline: Developing Country Negotiators in the WTO

2011. The publication gives a substantive account of the evolution of the WTO Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations and the role of developing country coalitions and alliances. The reflections are those of the former and current developing country negotiators based on their first-hand experience of WTO negotiations, particularly on the development dimension. They have described the progress including developments at key moments like the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun (2003) and Hong Kong (2005); and have drawn lessons from negotiating strategies and tactics applied to-date by developing countries.

Taking East African Regional Integration Forward: A Civil Society Perspective

2010. Through this research, the East African civil society offers to join hands as equal partners of policy makers, researchers and businesses in the process of regional integration and takes on some of the difficult issues of making markets work in the region. For example, it makes a case for facilitating easy movement of people, and suggests ways to attract, retain and spread skills across the region.

Improving Ownership through Inclusive Trade Policy Making Processes: Lessons from Africa

2009. This advocacy monograph looks into trade policy making processes and role of main stakeholders in five countries of Eastern and Southern Africa. Although stakeholders are eager to play an active role in trade policy making, and despite efforts of governments to open up these processes, their effective participation requires strengthened capacity, improved and more consistently used consultative mechanisms, and promotion of a culture of dialogue.

Towards More Inclusive Trade Policy Making: Process and Role of Stakeholders in Select African Countries

2009. This research looks into trade policy making processes in five Eastern and Southern African countries. A number of governmental initiatives have opened up these processes to a larger group of stakeholders who are now eager to play an active role in trade policy making. This publication discusses the remaining constraints to their effective participation and ways to improve consultative mechanisms.