Policy paper

Global Trade Programme

This Prosperity Fund programme provides technical help towards free trade and open markets in Overseas Development Assistance eligible Middle-Income Countries.



This programme will invest £150 million to enable greater investment and interaction with global value chains to create jobs and prosperity, reducing poverty as a result. It also aims to increase market access for international and UK business, and build bilateral partnerships on trade related issues with emerging markets, supporting UK trade strategy.

The UK has a comparative advantage in trade sectors such as regulatory reform and intellectual property. It is well-placed to support partner countries to address these constraints and boost more inclusive economic growth.

The target countries of the programme have large and emerging economies, and face continued development challenges, such as high levels of poverty and inequality:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam, and wider South East Asia

The programme will provide technical assistance to remove non-tariff barriers, and address regulatory, standards, customs and trade facilitation procedures, and protection of intellectual property rights barriers.

The Gender, inclusion and trade thematic brief (April 2019) summarises the evidence and good practice for integrating gender and inclusion into the Global Trade Programme.

View the programme’s Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to:

See also the 2020 annual review.

Published 19 December 2019
Last updated 10 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Link to memorandum of understanding with UNCTAD on a national trade repository in Vietnam added.

  2. Added memorandum of understanding links for the Codex Trust Fund (CTF) and DFID's Economic Partnership Agreements support programme

  3. Annual Review document added.

  4. First published.