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Global value chains
Metals for the global energy transition: Opportunities and salutary lessons

In a series of high-level UN Roundtables , in which I participated in 2021, experts and stakeholders explored the risks and opportunities presented by the global clean energy transition...

Climate change Natural resources Economic development
Can the electric vehicle revolution solve the climate crisis and create opportunities for developing countries?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are confidently expected to decarbonize road transportation, contribute substantially to the net zero agenda, and so help to solve the climate crisis...

Climate change Natural resources Economic development
Journal Article
Digital Technologies and Product Upgrading in Global Value Chains: Empirical Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms

This article provides empirical evidence on the impact of digitalisation on product upgrading in global value chains (GVCs)...

Technology Global value chains Manufacturing
Policy Brief
Regional integration and Tanzania’s export performance East African Community Customs union Single Customs Territory
Working Paper
Labour conditions in regional versus global value chains: Insights from apparel firms in Lesotho and Eswatini

We explore how decent work varies across Southern Africa apparel firms participating in global value chains (GVCs) and regional value chains (RVCs), respectively...

Regional value chains Global value chains Decent Work
India’s manufacturing and services value-chains are shifting South: A curse or a blessing?

Much has been written on India as an outlier in Global Value Chains (GVC)...

Structural transformation Manufacturing Global value chains
Working Paper
Pulling up or binding down: a review of upgrading trajectories in apparel and agro-processing global value chains for developing countries

There exist a plethora of developing country value chain studies based on a variety of methodological approaches, both in the academic literature and through policy reports...

Global value chains Apparel industry Agro-processing
Policy seminar
SA-TIED Dialogues - Research into Policy SA-TIED policy dialogue — International trade and global value chains
28 May 2021
Online, Pretoria, South Africa
Past event
Working Paper
Constraints on the performance and competitiveness of Tanzania’s manufacturing exports

This study sought to examine the main constraints to manufacturing export competitiveness in Tanzania...

Competitiveness Manufacturing Exports
New research horizons: Global value chains and transaction-level customs data

Over 70% of global trade goes through global value chains (GVCs). For firms in developing countries, insertion into GVCs has been associated with economic and social benefits...

Global value chains Customs data Transaction data
WIDER-Webinar-image from UNDP-Bangladesh-COVID19 Daria Taglioni on international trade and supply chains post COVID-19
24 November 2020
Past event
Working Paper
Exporters and global value chain participation: Firm-level evidence from South Africa

Using the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel data for 2009–17, this paper investigates how global value chain-related trade affects the export performance of manufacturing firms in South Africa...

Global value chains Learning by exporting Productivity
Working Paper
Trade, technology, and absorptive capacity: Firm-level evidence across geographical clusters in the Tanzanian textiles and apparel sector

Trade-linked technological change has potential to increase incomes in low-income countries (LICs). The most labour-intensive segments of the textiles and apparel global value chain are in LICs...

Absorptive capacity Firm productivity Global value chains
Background Note
Do more diversified suppliers rebound faster than concentrated suppliers in times of shocks?: Insights from Kenya

In this background note, we examine how different firms and sectors rebound or prevail in crises...

Export firms Sectors Shocks
Working Paper
Linking Southern Africa into South Africa’s global value chains

This study explores the potential for South Africa to become an engine for intra- regional trade and industrial development by linking other Southern African countries to its global value chains and, in the process, improving its global trade competi...

Regional integration Regional value chains Global value chains
Working Paper
Moving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa

Southern African countries—mainly Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—account for around a seventh of global production of copper...

Copper Industrialization Agglomeration
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