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Trade, aid and debat

Oxfam Insight

The series prevents evideence to support the advocacy work of Oxfam UK und Ireland on behalf of poor communities - work which is central to the agency's relief and development programme in over 70 countries.


Accountable Aid (new)

Local Participation in Major Projects

Patricia Feeney

The Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 generated much rhetoric about the need for collaboration between local communities and multilateral funders of major development projects, in order to preserve natural resources. Since then there has been intense debate about the importance of local participation, account ability to local communities, transparent procedures, and gender-sensitive planning.

In this book Patricia Feeney examines the case of the Rondonia Natural Resource Management Project (PLANAFLORO) in the Amazon, funded by the World Bank, and considers the frustrations created when local NGOs and communities were effectively excluded from decisions about a project that claimed to be Participatory'.

In contrast she considers examples of relatively good practice, most notably the Joint Forest Management project, funded by the British Overseas Development Administration, in Karnataka, India. The author also examines recent attempts by the World Bank to involve local governments in decision making.

From a focus on individual projects, the book moves to a consideration of local participation in entire projects - the World Bank's Country Assistance Strategies - and community involvement in projects funded by the private sector. It ends with a summary of the lessons to be learned by local and international NGOs and by major donors.

• Patricia Feeney is a Senior Policy Adviser on Social and Economic Rights for Oxfam UK and Ireland.

Oxfam Insight

June 1997, 085598 3744, paperback 96pp, £5.95, $9.95


Reforming World Trade

The Social and Environmental Priorities

Caroline LeQuesne

' a useful and well-argued contribution to the debate' Review of African Political Economy

In an integrated global economy, poor countries have to compete to attract foreign investment. The social, economic, and environmental rights of ordinary people are often sacrificed to the strategic interests of transnational corporations. This book examines the impact of rapid trade liberalization on the livelihoods of poor communities and recommends ways in which their rights could be protected.

• Caroline LeQuesne is Oxfam's Policy Adviser on Trade and Environment.

Oxfam Insight

1996, 0 85598 346 9, paperback 80pp, £4.95, $8.95



Poverty and Frr Trade in Mexico

Belinda Coote

This book examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which in 1994 created the largest free-trade zone in the world. The economic treaty is the first to unite countries from the developed and the developing worlds. Will it lead to prosperity for all in Mexico, or will it leave the country open to exploitation and unfair competition? What are the lessons to be learned from the NAFTA experience by other poor countries experimenting with policies of economic liberalization.

• Belinda Coote, Oxfam's Policy Adviser on Trade until 1993, is the author of The Trade Trap: Poverty and the Global Community Markets. She is now Oxfam's Regional Manager for South Asia.

Oxfam Insight

1995, 64pp, 085598 302 7, paperback, £3.95, $7.95


A Case for Reform

Fifty Years of the IMF and World Bank

Oxfam Policy Department

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund dominate the economic policies of many of the world's poorest countries. Fifty years after they were created, what impact are these institutions having on ordinary people's lives? A Case for Reform argues that the time has now come for a fundamental review of their policies and a radical reform of their operations, and then presents specific recommendations for international action.

Oxfam Insight

1995, 64pp, 0855983019, paperback, £3.95, $7.95


new edition

The Trade Trap

Poverty and the Global Commodity Markets

Belinda Coote

'Here at last is an exception to the rule that books about business ore for rookie billionaires. New Internationalist

The Trade Trap explains the complexities and difficulties of the international trade system and examines what poor countries can do about the trap in which they find themselves. This revised edition includes a major new chapter by Caroline LeQuesne, Oxfam's policy adviser on trade and environment, which criticises the rode of the recently established World Trade Organisation, and argues that international trade agreements must incorporate minimum standards in order to defend poor people's basic social and environmental rights against the impact of unregulated trade.

1996 second edition

085598135 0, paperback 224ppillustrated, £9.95, $14.95


A Buyer's Market

David Dalton

A short and simple guide to the complexities of world trade, which explains why countries that depend on the export of raw commodities can't win under the present system.

1994 revised edition

0 85598 280 2, 16pp illustrated, £1 95, 55 00


Jamaica: Debt and Poverty

Claremont Kirton

This book looks at the origins of Jamaica's debt problems in both the structure of the Jamaican economy and in the relations of dependence that colonialism engendered, and assesses attempts to alleviate pressures on the poor, who have been badly affected by debt and structural adjustment measures.

1992,0 85598117 2, paperback 128pp illustrated, £7.50, $11.95


Australia's Trade: Green and Just?

A compilation of papers given at a conference held in Melbourne in 1993 this book discusses the impact of Australia's trading relations on the societies and environments of Australia and the developing world.

Published by community Aid Abroad

1994, 0 646176153, 86pp paperback, £9.95, $15.95



The Impact of the New Trade Rules on Developing Countries

A five-session discussion series for community groups.

Published by community Aid Abroad

1994, 1875870 040, 56pp paperback, £6.95, $11.95


GATT: What Do the Poor Get?

Jeff Atkinson

A clear and succinct outline of the impact oft he new trade regime on the poor people of the Third World.

Published by community Aid Abroad

1994, 1875870032, 44pp paperback, £6.95, $11.95


Free Trade

What's in it for women?

Gillian Moon

This report analyses the impact of major international trade policies and agreements on the economic lives of poor women in developing countries. It includes case studies from Uganda and Thailand.

Published by community Aid Abroad

1995, 187587014 8, 56pp, £6.95, $11.95


APEC - Winners and Losers

Jeff Atkinson

Examines the different national agendas operating within the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) process and looks at some of the implications of liberalisation for the poor people of the region.

Published by community Aid Abroad

1995, 187587015 6, paperback 94pp, £6.95, $11.95