south asia watch on trade, economics and environment

Ongoing Programmes

Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

SAWTEE in partnership with CUTS International – India, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Bangladesh, and Bhutan Media and Communication Institute – Bhutan has been implementing the project Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal from December 2018 with the support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The aim of the project is to prepare cases in favour of gender inclusive trade policies to enhance participation of women in trade and related income generating activities, evidences for which will be collected from women led/managed/owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) region. 

Initiating Dialogue on Post-Disaster Reconstruction

SAWTEE is initiating a dialogue through research and monthly forums on reconstruction and the impacts of earthquake on different sectors of the economy. This endeavour aims at streamlining issues that are touched upon by the disaster and reconstruction so that a broader and clearer picture on the reconstruction emerges. 

Co-facilitator in Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP)

SAWTEE in February 2018 joined the Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP), branded as Sahaj, as a co-facilitator. Sahaj is a bilateral initiative between the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Nepal and is being jointly implemented by Swisscontact and Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED). 

Analysis of policy and regulatory issues in agricultural technology in Nepal

Supportive policy and reregulation are important to create an enabling environment for innovation, transfer and adoption of agricultural technology. Realizing this, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) with support from Feed the Future Project, Winrock International undertook a project aiming to identify the policy and regulatory issues impeding the development, transfer, adaptation and adoption of appropriate technology in agriculture in Nepal, especially among smallholders, with a focus on vegetables and aquaculture.  

Linkages and Impacts of Cross-Border Informal Trade in Agricultural Inputs in Eastern South Asia

The project aims at quantifying the extent of informal trade of various agricultural inputs (for example, seeds, fertilisers, machinery and diesel) along the Southern border of Nepal in order to find the impact of such trade on the livelihoods of farmers. The research will point out the drivers of informal trade in agricultural inputs across specific locations at the India-Bangladesh and the India-Nepal border.

Expanding Tradable Benefits of Trans-boundary Water Promoting Navigational Usage of Inland Waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra Basins

Under the project SAWTEE is conducting an institutional analysis on the management of policies, laws and regulations with respect to the management of inland waterways in the Koshi and Gandak River Basins for enhanced connectivity in the BBIN region. 

Advancing LDCs’ Interests in the WTO Strengthening Participation, Securing Priorities

The project was launched in March 2016 seeking to undertake in-depth research in the articulation of offensive and defensive interests of the LDCs in negotiations. The study will also contribute to raising domestic capacity to deal with trade-related issues by organising dialogues, seminars, expert group meetings and trainings for government officials with participation of key stakeholder groups. 

Advocacy for, and study on, the export potential of fresh vegetables

The project began in April 2016. It required conducting a quick study of major regional vegetable markets to obtain a picture of the supply of and demand for fresh vegetables in Nepal and international markets, mainly India. 

Strengthening the role of SAARC in the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in South Asia

The project titled “Strengthening the role of SAARC in the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in South Asia” was launched in May 2016. The project will support the SAARC Secretariat and the SAARC member countries in developing a long-term vision on sustainable intensification of agriculture in the region. 

A Survey on Regional Investments and Value chains in South Asia

The project on “Regional Investments and Value chains in South Asia” was launched in June 2016. The project aims to understand the constraints of, and solutions to, intra-regional FDI and participation in global/regional value chains in the South Asian region through a survey of actual and potential investors. 

Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia

SAWTEE undertook a project in June 2013 in collaboration with SAWTEE’s member/partner organizations, namely Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh; Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International in India; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan; and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in Sri Lanka. 

Economic Policy Incubator (EPI)

The Economic Policy Incubator (EPI), launched in February 2016 with support from DFID, aims to strengthen Nepal’s economic policies and policy processes through flexible approaches, instruments and entry points.