This study is part of the series "Shaping the Future of Multilateralism - Inclusive Pathways to a Just and Crisis-Resilient Global Order" by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's European Union and Washington, DC offices.
Major multilateral institutions have long claimed that their market-oriented trade rules reduce poverty and advance development. Instead, they hold back the developing world from a more human-centric, social-justice approach that it needs to reach its potential. South Africa has the potential to set an example of how a global “middle power” can drive change. The Covid-19 pandemic has provided extra impetus – and a test.
Table of contents
Could South Africa, spurred by Covid-19, drive more equitable global trade norms?
Challenges to African trade
From bridgebuilder to anchor: Seeking to repurpose South Africa’s trade policy for the Covid era
Conclusion: Pathways to building resilience