What are FTAO´s views?

Private Sector for/in Development

Fair Trade Organizations have longstanding experience as global development actors focusing on economic as well as social development around the world.

Joint position paper FTAO and Cooperatives, Advocating for people-centred business model, September 2011.

Co-operatives and Fair Trade: Shared principles and a common people-centred business model

Background Paper of Concord: Private Sector Special Event 10 December 2012


Post 2015 Development Framework

The Fair Trade movement has published a position paper that lays out the Fair Trade Movement's fundamental conviction that the primary purpose of any future framework should be to create a just and sustainable world in which every human being can realise their rights and live free from poverty. Fully in support of the ‘Beyond 2015 Campaign’, European Task Forces’ visionBuilding on the understanding that the existing system is the cause of the plethora of problems that are seen today, the Fair Trade Movement is putting forward the following core demands to be included into the new framework:

  • Fairness must be recognised as an overall value that has to be implemented across the board - with a specific focus on and prioritisation of those who have until now been mostly excluded.
  • Trade rules and practices must be reformed to allow trade to be a tool of empowerment and an engine for development. Supply chains must be transparent and respect human rights as well as labour and environmental laws, effectively banning e.g. the worst forms of child labour.
  • Responsibility and accountability have to be taken up by every actor. For this purpose the new framework must support multistakeholder partnerships from the local to the global level.
  • Fair Trade must be recognised as a best practice of a successful partnership for sustainable development. As atrading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect Fair Trade seeks together with many stakeholders around the world and at different stages along a supply chain, greater equity in international trade. 

The Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Campaign aims to engage town leaders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to call on world leaders for a fairer post 2015 framework.

FTAO Position Paper: Post-2015 Development Agenda Fair Trade Movement’s position

Aid for Trade

Aid for Trade needs to support growth that is pro-poor

To help reduce poverty, growth must be pro-poor. This means growth must benefit the poorest sections of society proportionally more than it benefits the better off. Aid for Trade should focus on developing local, national, and regional markets, first, rather than further enhancing export-oriented growth.

Supporting small producers is key

Small producers are an important part of local communities and can play a key role to significantly reduce poverty while contributing to sustainable development. Small producers experience numerous supply side constraints and there are many pro-poor policy measures and interventions that can help them overcome these difficulties. These range from support to developing and strengthening producer organisations, access to pre-financing and micro-financing, access to information to monitor changes in processing and consumer demands, to access to cost effective transport and improved technology.

A role of small producers in policy making is essential

Small producers need to be included in the bottom-up design of policies, projects and programmes to make sure that these are effective and pro-poor, meaning that they benefit the poorest proportionally more than they benefit the better off.

There is a lack of consistent focus on small producers by the European Commission (EC) and key European Union Member States

EC and EU Member States policy and communication documents on Aid for Trade recognise the importance of growth being pro-poor and of supporting small producers. Still, there is not always a consistent implementation of the focus on small producers across policies and projects. This is shown in the publication through an analysis of the past allocation of Aid for Trade funding, where it shows that only some few, small and sporadic commitments and projects are specifically targeted at small producers.


Policy Coherence for Development 

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