13/07/2014

Does fair trade really work? Who will pay for Shane Jones’ work? and blogging on NZ aid

NZADDs Devpolicy Blog Series
We have some great new additions to the NZADDs/Devpolicy blog series on New Zealand aid and development policy: Gerard Prinsen writes on New Zealand aid to Africa, Pip Bennett on the need for gender mainstreaming, and Luke Craven about carefully considering how to maximise the benefits of seasonal migration on sending communities. You can access these posts, and the earlier ones in the series from this page. Keep watching, as we have more great blogs to come.

Does fair trade really work?
A friend of NZADDs got in touch in the wake of the last update, asking about the recent SOAS study on the impact of Fairtrade on farm workers in parts of Africa. Reporting the results of the study the Guardian had claimed that: “Sales of Fairtrade-certified products from Uganda and Ethiopia are not benefiting poor farmworkers as profits fail to trickle down to much of the workforce, says a groundbreaking study.”

What is one to make of this? Should we conclude Fairtrade does no good?

The short answer is no: such conclusions are not justified on the basis of the study.

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10/06/2014

June 2014: blog aid series, random news, and the TPP

Welcome to another NZADDs email update,

Blog Series on New Zealand Aid
Our main news for June is that the Development Policy Centre are very kindly hosting a blog series on New Zealand aid, which we are coordinating. The series will contain posts discussing what’s working in New Zealand aid and development, and what could be changed.

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