Mainstreaming International Trade into National Development Strategy

CUTS CITEE is implementing the project titled “Mainstreaming International Trade into National Development Strategy: A Pilot Project in Bangladesh and India” with the support of Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, India. Over a period of two years, this project will be built through scientific consolidation and expansion of the need-based and demand driven agenda for mainstreaming, international trade into national development strategies of two South Asian countries, viz, Bangladesh and India. The full tenure of the project is 2 years.

This project will address a major problem of trade policy-making and its implementation in developing countries, i.e. the problem of social exclusion. Through collection of data/information from grassroots and their analysis, it will address several questions, such as:

  • how to embed social and political considerations into trade policymaking?
  • how to engage civil society into trade policymaking in a socially inclusive manner?
  • what are the conditions necessary for mainstreaming trade into national development strategy?

The project will be implemented in two countries in South Asia: Bangladesh and India. The reason for choosing these countries for this project is many-fold. Besides the fact that it is better to start at a small-scale (as there is not much of this type of work in these countries), these countries represent a good mix of different levels of economic development and having diverse experience about the role that the civil society is playing in achieving conditions necessary for pro-poor growth.