CUTS CITEE is implementing the project
titled “Mainstreaming International Trade into National Development
Strategy: A Pilot Project in Bangladesh and India” with the support
of Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, India. Over a period of two
years, this project will be built through scientific consolidation
and expansion of the need-based and demand driven agenda for
mainstreaming, international trade into national development
strategies of two South Asian countries, viz, Bangladesh and India.
The full tenure of the project is 2 years.
This project will address a major
problem of trade policy-making and its implementation in developing
countries, i.e. the problem of social exclusion. Through collection
of data/information from grassroots and their analysis, it will
address several questions, such as:
- how to embed social and
political considerations into trade policymaking?
- how to engage civil society into
trade policymaking in a socially inclusive manner?
- what are the conditions
necessary for mainstreaming trade into national development
The project will be implemented in two
countries in South Asia: Bangladesh and India. The reason for
choosing these countries for this project is many-fold. Besides the
fact that it is better to start at a small-scale (as there is not
much of this type of work in these countries), these countries
represent a good mix of different levels of economic development and
having diverse experience about the role that the civil society is
playing in achieving conditions necessary for pro-poor growth.