This work seeks to look beyond the seemingly endless deadlock in the WTO’s Doha round of trade negotiations that began in November 2001 and were first scheduled to conclude by January 1, 2005. As well as offering an incisive analysis of the ills of the round, with particular attention directed at the poorest and least developed countries, the book expands on how the round could be moved forward elaborating on the Statement on the Doha Development Agenda that was negotiated in Johannesburg .
The work as a whole provides the reader with a critical analysis of the implications of the negotiations for development and poverty reduction as well as proposals for moving beyond the current impasse. The volume brings together contributions from serving and former ambassadors to the WTO, key practitioners, and civil society representatives along with those of leading scholars. Each chapter explores an area of critical importance to the round; and together they stand as an important contribution to debates not only about the Doha round but also about the role of trade in the amelioration of poverty in the poorest countries.
Introduction: The promise of "development" and the Doha Development Agenda James Scott and Rorden Wilkinson Part I:The Round 1. The poverty of the Doha round and the least developed countries James Scott and Rorden Wilkinson 2. The Doha Development Agenda ten years on: What next? Bernard Hoekman Part II: Key Issues 3. Food security and the WTO Jennifer Clapp 4. Poverty and cotton in the DDA Donna Lee Part III: The View from Inside 5. The changing global economy, Africa and the DDA Ujal Singh Bhatia 6. Mandela’s way: Reflections on South Africa’s role in the multilateral trading system Faizel Ismail and Brendan Vickers 7. Africa and the promise of the Doha round Yonov Frederick Agah 8. The Doha round and the future of the WTO Sun Zhenyu Focus on Africa 9. Some consequences of trade liberalization in sub-Saharan Africa Jomo Kwame Sundaram 10. Africa and the Doha round Richard E. Mshomba 11. The Doha Development Agenda: Prospective outcomes and African perspectives Pradeep Mehta, Bipul Chatterjee and Joseph George 12. The Doha Development Agenda and the WTO can deliver on Africa’s development priorities Peter Draper, Memory Dube and Morisho Nene