We want to hear from you about the World Development Report 2020 — Global Value Chains: Trading for Development


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Last month I announced that the 2020 World Development Report (WDR2020) will focus on global value chains (GVCs) and what they mean for development. Does participating in GVCs promote development? Why are some low-income developing countries reaping the benefits and others not? What can countries do to gain from trade and GVCs, particularly when new technologies are bringing change and the global status quo is in a state of flux? You can read my recent blog post for a summary of the Report’s objectives or read the Concept Note directly.

The team is making great progress in developing and analyzing new data on these issues and I am very optimistic that we will produce a fascinating report with helpful new insights for policy.

But to achieve this we also need to hear from you. Since the start of this year team members have been consulting widely with public and private stakeholders. We will keep a record on the WDR2020 website of consultations as they take place. You will also find on the website details of events that are open to the public to attend. If you have additional suggestions, please let us know by email.

I would like also to encourage international organizations, civil society, academia and people in general to submit comments below on the main themes and messages that are outlined in the Concept Note. I’d be grateful if you could do this by March 31st, 2019.

The WDR2020 is already generating fresh ideas and I hope that you will answer my call to get involved and join the conversation.


Join the Conversation

Jason Donovan
March 27, 2019

Good to see the WDR 2020 focused on value chains. One suggestion on the concept note: Chapter 9 (international cooperation): the focus should extend beyond macro-level policy. It should also cover interventions by private sector (including third part certification), NGOs, and government agencies. Researchers in CGIAR has focused a lot of attention on this. Currently, under the CGIAR research program "Policies, Markets, and Institutions" (PIM) we are reviewing the CGIAR contributions to debates, tools, and policies related to value chain development in the global South.

March 30, 2019

Good to see WBR 2020's feed back in its assessment stages . My suggestion goes to the research question to which you have raised in your concept note- " why are low -income developing countries left out from the global value chain benefits ?' even though the question would be explored by having empirical data analysis, yet I could say " there is very likely tendency for small fish to be eaten by larger ones" the global value chain might stack somewhere where big commissioners or intermediacies dealing with the business . at that point , the natural value chain process stops thereby and benefiting only few ( i.e . Ethiopian Organic Coffee is good example where in the case of Starbucks exploitation before being advocated by Oxfam for Ethiopian coffee grower farmers) .

Minori Terada
March 30, 2019

Fascinating to read the WDR 2020 concept note. One question. Do other Kaufmann–Kraay Governance Indicators than Rule of Law index explain importance of macro and political stability for GVC participation shown in Figure 7, Chapter 3 as well as that of institutional quality? Looking forward to further elaboration of the question “Why have some countries been left out?” in the Chapter, since the note successfully presents various potentials for positive effects of participating GVCs.

Dorcas Apoore
March 31, 2019

It is so heartwarming to know that the WDR 2020 is focusing on GVC and trade across borders. As a small social enterprise in Ghana (ASIGE), our experience in GVC has contributed significantly to our operations. We produce baskets from elephant grass that is capable of replacing all rubber products in homes and shops and have a significant benefit of reducing rubber pollution on the planet. With Modernization, we are expected to meet different styles, cultures and competitiveness across the globe. ASIGE partnered with a company in Japan that produces parts of the baskets, handles and ropes. These parts coming from Japan are combined with the elephant grass in Ghana to make complete baskets which are then sent back to the Japanese market and other parts of the world. Through this, ASIGE employs over 300 rural women to work on the project in Ghana while diversifying our baskets and integrating them into the global economy.
One thing I have noticed is that, we are not utilizing the full benefit of GVC due to the bottlenecks in the local economy in Ghana that is high cost in transport, production , value added tax, insurance , time delays in delivery items from Ghana to the international Market and the most significant barrier is the information cost that has to link primary producers (ASIGE) to the customers in the international markets.