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Policy reports

These are the longer documents we have produced on some of the issues we work on.

For a list of reports by topic, please visit the relevant topic page.

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Cashing in on Cashews (November 2013)

This report explores how the EU’s biggest supermarkets are driving exploitation of cashew workers in India and how these supply chains must be improved.

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Effective Private Sector Development: Learning from Civil Society Experience (March 2013)

This is an independent research paper undertaken by Ian Barney and commissioned by Traidcraft Exchange. The study was supported by CAFOD, as part of their 'Think Small' project, and brings together a collection of positive case-studies to demonstrate what can happen when we get private sector development right – and most importantly to begin to identify what are the common factors that can lead to a transformative impact on poverty.

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Aid for Trade: Reviewing EC and DFID Monitoring and Evaluation Practices (December 2012)

An independent research paper undertaken by Saana Consulting (www.saana.com) and commissioned by Traidcraft Exchange. The study was supported by CAFOD as part of their Thinking Small work, which promotes support for poor producers and small businesses as a sustainable route out of poverty.

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Download the accompanying annexes:

Annex 1 Annex 2 Annex 3 Annex 4 Annex 5

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Seeds of Success: The importance of seed
security for small cotton farmers
(December 2011)

Problems of seed supply have received relatively little attention from governments and development practitioners. This briefing aims to begin to redress that balance.

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The New Resource Grab: How EU Trade Policy on Raw Materials is Undermining Development

The New Resource Grab: How EU Trade Policy on Raw Materials is Undermining Development (November 2010)

This report shows that EU trade policies are already having severe adverse impacts on developing countries and that these will become worse if the current EU proposals succeed.

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Win win policy report Win Win: Achieving Sustainable Procurement with the Developing World (January 2010)

This report sets out a framework of guidance to help the developed world "buy better" from the developing world using economic, social and environmental performance as key success indicators.

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EU-India briefing paper for MEPs

The EU-India Free Trade Agreement: What MEPs need to know (September 2009)

This briefing paper provides a background to the ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and India, discusses the concerns around this agreement, and outlines our demands to the European Commission and member state governments regarding the negotiations.

Download The EU-India Free Trade Agreement: What MEPs need to know as a PDF

EPAs briefing paper for MEPs

Economic Partnership Agreements: What MEPs need to know (September 2009)

This briefing paper introduces Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), outlines the concerns around them, and asks MEPs to take action to influence ongoing EPA negotiations.

Download Economic Partnership Agreements: What MEPs need to know as a PDF

Material Concerns Report

Material Concerns: How responsible sourcing can deliver the goods for business and workers in the garment industry (October 2008)

This report demonstrates how retailers in the garment sector can improve working conditions in their supply chains as well as achieving commercial benefits. It is underpinned by research conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong.

Download Material Concerns as a PDF

EU-India FTA report

The EU-India FTA: initial observations from a development perspective (October 2008)

This report considers the consequences for India of liberalising its trade in goods, retail, financial services and government procurement.

Download The EU-India FTA: initial observations from a development perspective (PDF)

Towards a Sustainable Cocoa Chain Report

Towards a Sustainable Cocoa Chain: Power and possibilities within the cocoa and chocolate sector (May 2008)

This report sets out the challenges in the cocoa supply chain and provides solutions for business, public authorities and the governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These recommendations aim to make the cocoa sector more sustainable.

Download Towards a Sustainable Cocoa Chain (PDF)

Taking the lead report

Taking the Lead (May 2008)

This report is a guide to good practice, highlighting companies who are already demonstrating consideration for responsible purchasing.

Download Taking the Lead as a PDF.
Download the supporting tables as a PDF.

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Rebalancing the Supply Chain: buyer power, commodities and competition policy (April 2008)

This report considers to what extent competition policy can be used as a tool to tackle the effects of buyer power and corporate concentration on vulnerable commodity producers. The report includes analysis of the problems faced by commodity producers, different approaches to competition policy and examples of good practice and finally recommendations and conclusions.

Download Balancing the Supply Chain as a PDF.

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The EU Retail Sector: When is a market not a market? (October 2007)

Download The EU Retail Sector as a PDF.

A Fair Cup A Fair Cup: towards better tea buying (October 2007)

This report looks at the complex supply chain bringing together some of the world’s most powerful companies with some of its most vulnerable farmers. This report considers the UK element of the supply chain, and suggests ways that tea buyers, as well as investors, consumers and the UK government can contribute to more responsible purchasing.

Download A fair cup as a PDF.

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A Fresh Perspective: sourcing vegetables from developing countries (June 2007)

This report draws on research in Kenya with exporters, workers and small-holder farmers and suggests recommendations to company buyers, the UK government, consumers and investors.

Download A Fresh Perspective as a PDF.

EPAs: building or shattering African regional integration

EPAs: building or shattering African regional integration (May 2007)

Co-authored with African NGOs EcoNews and Seatini, this report examines the effect EPAs might have on integration within regions in Africa.

Download EPAs: building or shattering African regional integration as a PDF.

Partnership Under Pressure

Partnership Under Pressure: an assessment of the European Commission's conduct in the EPA negotiations (May 2007)

Report revealing the dirty tricks that the EU has used to get poor countries to sign EPAs.

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The cost of EPAs The Cost of EPAs

The latest information on EPAs, including an examination of their real costs, and the effect they will have.

Download The Cost of EPAs - short version (PDF)
Download The Cost of EPAs - full version (PDF)

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New Deals New Danger EPAs: A threat to workers (January 2007)

Co-written with ACTSA and TUC, this briefing looks at the effect EPAs will have on workers.

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The development challenge of EPAs The Development Challenge of EPAs: Conference Report (October 2006)

With ACP ministers as keynote speakers, the South Centre hosted this high level conference in October 2006.

Read this report of what was said (PDF)

Buying matters

Buying Matters. Consultation: Sourcing fairly from developing countries (February 2006)

Why are the buying decisions made by companies having an impact on poverty? Includes 'indicators for responsible purchasing'.

Download Buying Matters (PDF)

EPAs: Through the lens of Kenya EPAs: Through the Lens of Kenya (September 2005)

Co-written by Traidcraft and Kenyan NGO EcoNews Africa. Find out why Economic Partnership Agreements could devastate the African economy. Includes original case studies.

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Why free trade won't help Africa

Why free trade won't help Africa (September 2005)

Quick and easy to read colour guide to the impact of free trade on Kenya.

Download Why free trade won't help Africa (PDF)

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