Aid for Trade Global Review 2022


This year’s Global Review takes place against the backdrop of overlapping crises. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exert a toll on human health and cause turmoil in global trade. Economies everywhere face inflationary pressures with high food and energy prices hitting poor people hardest – and placing additional pressures on hard-pressed public budgets. These pressures are further exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and food security concerns that it has caused. Trade continues to play an important role as a driver not just of economic recovery, but also poverty alleviation and women’s economic empowerment. Trade is also an integral part of the transition to low-carbon models of growth and a just climate transition.

Against this background the Global Review will discuss the role of Aid for Trade in supporting women’s economic empowerment, digital connectivity and how environmentally sustainable development can contribute to the desired development outcomes.

Past Global Reviews have been instrumental in helping to galvanize support to address supply-side and trade-related infrastructure obstacles so that developing countries can derive maximum benefit from international trade.