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on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Main reports:

UNCTAD, through its reports, policy reviews and programmes, encourages trade policy makers to recognise the link between trade and development.

The World Investment Report

Since 1991, the World Investment Reports (WIRs) have provided up-to-date and comprehensive data on issues pertaining to foreign direct investment (FDI) and transnational corporations (TNCs), analysed trends and developments in FDI, examined the implications of activities by TNCs related to these trends, and assessed consequent international as well as national policy issues of relevance to developing countries. The WIR is a key instrument to help policymakers improve their understanding of emerging FDI-related issues and policy implications for development and thereby to enhance their ability to formulate FDI policies that will contribute to their development objectives.

For more information: www.unctad.org/wir

Trade and Development Report

The Trade and Development Report (TDR), launched in 1981, is issued every year for the annual session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board. The report analyzes current economic trends and major policy issues of international concern, and makes suggestions for addressing these issues at various levels.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=2508&lang=1

Economic Development in Africa Report

The Economic Development in Africa Report analyses selected aspects of Africa’s development problems and major policy issues confronting African countries.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=2863&lang=1

Contact:aldc@unctad.org
africadev@unctad.org

Least Developed Countries Report (LDC)

UNCTAD´s Least Developed Countries Report provides a comprehensive and authoritative source of socioeconomic analysis and data on the world’s most impoverished countries. Each report contains a statistical annex which provides basic data on the LDCs.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=3073&lang=1

Information Economy Report (IER) and E-commerce and Development Report (ECDR)

Contact:aldc@unctad.org

The Information Economy Report

The IER is one of few annual global publications that monitors ICT trends from a development perspective. It is an important tool for dissemination of data and analysis related to ICT and development, and it provides policy guidance. The IER informs policymakers and other stakeholders about relevant trends, in particular with regard to the access to, use and impact of ICT in developing countries. Key research areas include implications of the “digital divide”, the impact of ICT on productivity and poverty alleviation, ICTs as an enabler for private sector development and international trade in ICT goods and services.

For more information: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Technology,-Innovation-and-Trade-Logistics.aspx

The Technology and Innovation Report (TIR)

The TIR seeks to fill the gap in policy research by analyzing issues of importance in technology and innovation from a developmental perspective. Experience from the previous editions of this Report shows that while much of the analysis in the TIR series are applicable to developing countries, the policy findings are of relevance to the international community and globally as a whole.

For more information: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Technology,-Innovation-and-Trade-Logistics.aspx

The Creative Economy Report

The first UN policy-oriented report on the world’s creative economy was launched in April 2008. The Creative Economy Report is a multi-agency comprehensive study intended to facilitate a better understanding of the key issues underlying the emerging creative economy.

For more information: www.unctad.org/creative-economy

Investment Policy Reviews (IPRs)

IPRs are designed to improve a country’s investment environment. IPRs assess the policy, regulatory, institutional and operational framework for foreign direct investment. They help governments to integrate foreign investment into their national strategies and to maximize its benefits. Each review contains a strategic analysis of a country’s FDI needs, reference to comparative best practices and related action-oriented recommendations.

For more information: www.unctad.org/ipr

Trade and Environment Review (TER)

The objective of the Trade and Environment Review is to enhance understanding of and promote dialogue on the development dimension of key trade and environment issues.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/trade_env/aboutTED.asp

Contact: trade.environment@unctad.org

Commodity Policy Reviews: this is an initiative under study and development.

For more information: http://www.unctad.info/en/Special-Unit-on-Commodities/

Other related programmes:

Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures (DGFF)

With economic globalization challenging much of our traditional wisdom, this brief synopsis of data and information offers some explanations of new and emerging economic trends.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/StartPage.asp?intItemID=2874&lang=1

Best Practices in Investment for Development

The objective of this programme is to provide a compendium of accessible and practical policy experiences that can help to guide policy making in developing and transitional economies.

For more information: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=4983&lang=1
http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=4986&lang=1

The Creative Economy Programme

Contact:

Creative Economy &
Industries Programme

Trade Analysis Branch UNCTAD

Tel: +41 22 917 5735/5829

creative.industries@unctad.org

Within this Programme, UNCTAD provides research and policy-oriented analysis on creative economy issues, demand-driven policy advice and technical assistance to governments, networking through its E-Newsletter, and data on trade statistics for creative goods and services (http://stats.unctad.org/creative). The project “Strengthening the creative industries in five ACP countries through employment and trade expansion” is an ACP project funded by the EC and implemented jointly by UNCTAD, ILO and UNESCO. The pilot project is under implementation (2008-2011) in Fiji, Mozambique, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago and Zambia.

For more information: www.unctad.org/creative-programme

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews - STIP Reviews

Contact:

Anne Miroux, Director

Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Email: anne.miroux@unctad.org

Reflecting a renewed awareness of the crucial role of technology and innovation in the development process, in recent years UNCTAD has experienced increased demand from member States and other stakeholders for both strategic advice and training on STI policy. UNCTAD training activities complement STIP Reviews as means of building capacity in STI policy-making in developing countries. The unique feature of UNCTAD’s training on STI is the treatment of STI as a key element of the integrated treatment of development that includes trade, finance and investment. STI policies are seen as complementary to other national policies related to trade, finance, investment and others, all coherently integrated into the country’s national development strategy. For more information:http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Technology,-Innovation-and-Trade-Logistics.aspx

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews (STIP Reviews) are undertaken by UNCTAD at the request of member States. Through a STIP Review, a country’s STI stakeholders can identify the key strengths and weaknesses of their innovation systems and establish strategic priorities for its development. The STIP Review report published by UNCTAD includes a diagnosis of the national system of innovation (NSI), an assessment of the STI policies in place, and is normally complemented by in-depth studies of specific sectors, institutions or STI-related problems that are of particular relevance to the country under review. STIP Reviews can provide the basis for capacity-building activities targeting various elements of the innovation system. In several beneficiary countries, STIP Reviews have ignited significant renewal in STI policy, helped raise its profile in national development strategies and facilitated the inclusion of STI activities in international cooperation plans.

For more information: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Technology,-Innovation-and-Trade-Logistics.aspx

ICT Policy Reviews (ICTPRs)

The UNCTAD Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy Reviews (ICTPR) serve to help developing countries adjust their ICT policies and implementation mechanisms aimed at developing the information and knowledge-based economy. The reviews assess the implementation of ICT strategies, policies and programmes geared towards the development of the information economy. They provide action-oriented recommendations for policy improvements. The reviews are presented within UNCTAD’s inter-governmental framework. Governments can benefit from peer reviews and sharing of best practices.

For more information: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Technology,-Innovation-and-Trade-Logistics.aspx

Current Studies on science and technology for development

As part of UNCTAD’s response to the growing interest in science, technology and innovation, current studies series have been introduced since 2009 dealing with a variety of issues.

For more information: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DTL/Science-Technology-and-ICT-Branch.aspx