Global Value Chains, Upgrading and Poverty Reduction

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Number: 
3
Total Pages: 
6
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Published On: 
2011

Global value chains (GVCs) are changing the way trade is conducted and value is created and captured. As more trade is organized through close coordination  between buyers and suppliers, moving to high value-added activities, or economic  upgrading, is critically determined by lead firms, particularly global buyers. However, growing evidence shows that economic upgrading of producers does not necessarily lead to social upgrading of workers, and the relationship is complicated by GVC restructuring in a post-crisis world. Dynamic monitoring of global and regional chains, joint public-private support for value chain upgrading, and improved trade metrics will provide more effective policy interventions for poverty reduction in a rapidly changing global trade environment.

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