Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently revealed Australia's new foreign aid policy. Carly Stephan dissects the policy announcement, and is relieved to see the aid program's aims still include alleviating poverty.
Think twice before donating those clothes you no longer want, warns Graham Milner. Many donated clothes are exported to countries in Africa and Central America, where they contribute to massive trade deficits in these countries, impacting international loan rates, inflation, and currency exchange, in addition to undermining local markets.
To what degree should foreign policy shape foreign aid? Could we see the end of aid through trade? Does an emphasis on trade sideline the poorest of the poor? Allison Smith explains how the latest changes to Canada's aid programme have given these questions new fervency in Canada.
Market success has not necessarily brought the returns to small producers originally promised by the Fair Trade platform. Anna Bowen examines the tension between free markets and Fair Trade, suggesting a need to renew the bottom-up model.
The world trade system disadvantages developing countries, yet attempts to remedy the situation over the past decade through the Doha Development Round trade talks have stalled. Sarah Chambers looks at what's gone wrong and how the international community can move forward with trade agreements.