Globalisation has triggered a physical fragmentation of production in many global value chains. The relocation of goods and services to developing economies in order to optimise cost and efficiency has opened opportunities for new companies, producers and workers to enter global value chains.

Creating competitive and successful companies with a sustainable role in global value chains has been a success for development organisations but this has not always led to livelihood upgrading for small producers, factory workers or their communities. Social upgrading driven through economic upgrading in the value chain has not always been a guaranteed outcome.

There are millions of workers and dependent communities in the new global value chains and while development funding has been available to help companies secure the benefits of commercial participation addressing the dissemination of the wealth benefits beyond the corporate structure remains as a challenge to be solved.

The Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative is an innovative catalytic fund for the private sector that seeks to serve as both an incentive and a technical support program for those looking to proactively build social upgrading into their mainstream business activity. 

TGVCI is funded by DFID and the Programme Management Unit is managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd



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The TGVCI call for project concept notes for round two is now closed

Thank you to everyone that applied for TGVCI funding 

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