On today’s episode we are going to be looking at the importance of trade and investment to drive economic growth and alleviate poverty in low-income countries. Recently, donors, including the UK Department for International Development, have placed an increasing emphasis on trade and investment over aid. Is this shift in approach proving to work? What are the main benefits and challenges? Can trade and investment reduce reliance on aid in the long term and reduce poverty?
We speak to Susan Haird, an Associate Director for our Trade & Investment unit. In her last post, Susan was Deputy Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment, now the Department for International Trade.