Research Reports

GVC: OECD (Paris)

OECD Background Paper: Capturing the Gains in Africa, Making the Most of Global Value Chain Participation

February 2014   |   Goger, Annelies, Andrew Hull, Stephanie Barrientos, Gary Gereffi and Shane Godfrey
This report was commissioned as a background paper for the annual OECD publication, “Africa Economic Outlook (AEO)” 2014. It provides a critical overview of the Capturing the Gains (CTG) research findings from Africa across three industries: horticulture, apparel and tourism. Specific emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and challenges for economic and social upgrading within African GVCs so that workers and small producers can capture a fairer share of the gains from trade and economic growth. The report also offers sector specific GVC policy recommendations for African policy makers.
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Connecting Local Producers in Developing Countries to Regional and Global Value Chains

December 3, 2013   |   Bamber, Penny, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Gary Gereffi, and Andrew Guinn
This report, commissioned by the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD, analyzes the specific factors that affect the competitiveness of developing countries in regional and global value chains (GVCs), and how these factors differ across four major economic sectors: agriculture, extractive industries, manufacturing and offshore services. The analysis highlights that in order to participate gainfully in GVCs, developing countries must adopt industry-specific policy frameworks that reflect the changing reality of global business.
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OECD Background Paper: Upgrading in Global Value Chains: Addressing the Skills Challenge in Developing Countries

September 26, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   USA
   |   Karina Fernandez-Stark, Penny Bamber, Gary Gereffi
This report was commissioned by OECD as a background paper for the annual OECD publication, “Perspectives of Development” 2013. This report examines the role of workforce development using the GVC methodology in four industries: apparel, fruit and vegetables, offshore services and tourism in 19 developing countries. The report presents a typology for policy recommendations to enhance the capabilities of the labor force to support GVC upgrading.
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