Post-2015 International Development Agenda in the Context of Interlocking Trade and Financing in the LDCs

Post 2015 International Development Agenda in the Context of Interlocking Trade and Financing in the LDCsThe adoption of the ambitious post-2015 agenda centring on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations (UN) in New York in September marks an opportune moment to suggest development policy solutions for the least-developed countries (LDCs).

The objective of this paper is to explore the compatibility of the financing instruments and modalities mentioned across the major documents of the UN and other international organisations related to the post-2015 agenda with LDCs’ trade interests and concerns.

It examines recent economic and financial trends in the LDCs and policy options related to the deployment of specific financial instruments for improving their trade performance. It argues that shaping the most appropriate finance mix will necessitate prioritising LDC-specific trade issues, in particular duty-free quota-free (DFQF) market access for LDCs, their accession to the WTO, trade facilitation, aid for trade, and regional integration.

Available at: http://e15initiative.org/publications/post-2015-international-development-agenda-in-the-context-of-interlocking-trade-and-financing-in-the-ldcs/ 

About The Project

Supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, this 3 year project focuses on deepening the understanding of the international politics of development diplomacy, including the key political drivers that influence and shape development policy internationally and the impact this has on South Africa as an emerging development assistance partner.

Key Themes

This project considers three key areas:

  1. The development of the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA);
  2. Trilateral development partnerships; and
  3. Multilateral development cooperation.
Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aims of this project include:

  • improving the understanding of the current transition taking place within multilateral development cooperation in both the geo-political North and South;
  • understanding the role of multilateral development cooperation for South Africa’s foreign policy and international engagement in the short, medium, and long-term;
  • review potential opportunities as well as obstacles in engaging in international development assistance
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