Handbook on Global Value Chains
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Handbook on Global Value Chains

Edited by Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert

Global value chains (GVCs) are a key feature of the global economy in the 21st century. They show how international investment and trade create cross-border production networks that link countries, firms and workers around the globe. This Handbook describes how GVCs arise and vary across industries and countries, and how they have evolved over time in response to economic and political forces. With chapters written by leading interdisciplinary scholars, the Handbook unpacks the key concepts of GVC governance and upgrading, and explores policy implications for advanced and developing economies alike.
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Chapter 35: International development organizations and global value chains

Frederick Mayer and Gary Gereffi

Abstract

International organizations (IOs) with a development mission have gravitated in nearly universal fashion to adopting some version of global value chain (GVC) analysis since the early 2000s. This chapter explains both the timing and the mechanisms that underlie the adoption of the GVC framework by the IO community. Important questions remain in terms of the multiple uses for GVC analysis by development IOs, as well as the future role of IOs in the global economy.

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