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Human Development Impact Assessment (HDIA) of Trade Policy aims to mainstream human development concerns into domestic policy-making. Through demonstrating the likely or existing effects of a particular trade policy on people’s lives, the HDIA may facilitate a greater understanding of the implications of policy decisions while creating awareness of the same and thereby foster greater and more informed debate.

The concept was proposed originally by the 2003 UNDP publication, Making Global Trade Work for People. The publication – asserting that trade liberalization can have differential impacts for different countries and for different groups within countries – called for an analysis of current and future implications for human development of trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s membership. Consequently the evaluation of a trade regime should be based on whether it maximizes the opportunities for inclusive growth and human development. HDIA would permit to estimate the ‘real’ implementation costs of current and proposed trade agreements, which otherwise would remain hidden and invisible in more conventional economic analyses. This approach does not take a trade policy change as an end in itself and, as such, explicitly questions its feasibility from a human development perspective. Hence, it is not merely an assessment but also a means to identify policy solutions that enhance the positive impacts or ameliorate the negative effects of trade policies and agreements.

For more information on the work of UNDP’s Inclusive Globalization Cluster please follow the link.

In this framework UNDP and UNITAR propose an instructor-led five-week e-Learning course on “Human Development Impact Assessment of Trade Policy”. The course is aimed at all those who wish to learn more about the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to review a country trade policy from a human development angle and have an interest in increasing the use of evidence based policy making.

The course is based on a resource toolkit, which discusses the inter-linkages between trade and human development, examines the methodologies by which these linkages can be mapped, and suggests operational steps for conducting an assessment of trade policies.

At a Glance
  • Course Title: Human Development Impact Assessment of Trade Policy
  • Course Dates: September 20 to October 22, 2010
  • Application Status: Open
  • Course Duration: 5 weeks (including 1 week wrap-up) 
  • Estimated total Learning time: Minimum 40 hours 
  • Number of Participants: Up to 150 
  • Format: Online/Internet-based (asynchronous, instructor-led) 
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Target Audience: Practitioners, trade negotiators, researchers and development specialists who have an interest in increasing the use of evidence in trade policy making, either in the developed or developing world.
  • Participant selection and fees: UNDP and UNITAR will not charge a fee for attending the e-Course. However, the organizers will select only a limited number of participants to guarantee an outstanding learning experience. 
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