About the Project

The Fostering Equity and Accountability in the Trading System (FEATS) project brought together representatives of governments, civil society and researchers in five African countries to work towards greater inclusiveness in trade policy making processes.

Besides country-level activities, FEATS established information channels between the capitals and Geneva, allowing for more coherent policy formulations and implementation between national and international levels.

During the first phase of the project a comprehensive analysis led to a better understanding of the dynamics of domestic policy making environment. As means of assessing the inclusiveness of trade policy making the Inclusive Trade Policy Making Index (ITPMI) was developed. Cross-country comparisons helped to help identify best practices, while the identification of in-country weaknesses and gaps provided a basis for targeted action, capacity building and awareness-raising at the national level.

Priorities for enhancing people`s livelihoods and devising safety nets against possible adverse effects from trade liberalization in each project country were identified in the second phase.

At the country level supply side and demand side constraints were identified, keeping in mind developments in international trade and with a special focus on rural livelihoods. Research in the three landlocked countries (Malawi, Uganda and Zambia) paid special attention to the linkages between agricultural productivity and trade facilitation, whereas in Kenya and Tanzania the focus was on the relationship between food security and regional trade.

Key features


Improving trade policy ownership and inclusiveness in selected African countries with the overarching aim of harnessing the development potential of the international trading system.


April 2008 - March 2011 (completed)


USD 2,100,000


Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia


Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN)

Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF, Tanzania)

Southern and Eastern African Trade Information Negotiations Institute (SEATINI, Uganda)

CUTS Africa Resource Center, Lusaka (Zambia)

CUTS Africa Resource Center, Nairobi (Kenya)




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