As global inequality grows everybody’s talking about local and global economics. In Ireland the debate continues about how economies should be managed, and in whose interest economic and financial decisions are made.
PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
But what about the Global South?
International trade rules have a huge impact on people in the Global South. A fair trading system could lift millions of people out of poverty, and reduce many countries’ dependence on aid. Yet trade justice activists believe in many cases the rules of the global economy have been set up to serve the interests of big business, not people.
This six evening course will introduce you to, and demystify, the world of global trade. In the current global crisis we all feel the impact of international trade on our lives, but its effect on the economies of the Global South is even bigger.
This course is open to anyone interested in learning about the impact of international trade on the global economy. Do you want to find out how trade structures affect your life and those in the Global South? Are you motivated to learn how you can make a difference by campaigning to change these structures? Then the Comlámh Trade Justice Course is for you!
We will discuss and debate themes and issues such as the following:
Countries in the Global South lose more through unfair international trade deals than they receive in aid.
‘Rich’ countries give €130 billion each year in aid to ‘poor’ countries, while taking back €500 billion each year through unfair trade deals.
Free trade deals generally mean more environmental damage.
The EU and US are currently negotiating a deal that would give corporations the power to sue governments. Comhlámh Trade Justice Group are taking action to make trade fair all over the world and because new initiatives are being created to show how alternatives to the unfair status quo can (and do!) work.
Six Thursday evenings 6.30 – 9.00 pm, starting 13th October.
Venue: Comhlámh, Freire Room, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Cost: €60 for non-member, €30 member, and €2 asylum seeker
Booking: Please complete the booking form or contact Gareth for any enquiries by email [email protected] or call 01 4783490
Please note that the course is now full and we are no longer taking applications.
Comhlámh acknowledges the financial support from Trocaire’s Mobilising for Justice grant, for the running of this course
The topics of the course are as follows:
Week 1: Introduction to Trade and Trade Justice
- To share information on Comhlamh’s trade justice group and how to get involved
- To explore the meaning of trade and formulate a common / simplified understanding
- To put trade in its historic context
- To understand the various theories of trade
- To explore the impact of trade in a development context
- To explore who the winners and losers are of trade
Week :2 Sustainable Development & Trade
- To explore trade with a sustainable development lens – the impact it has on society, environment, economy
- Exploring trade from the global to local context
- To explore the concept of us living in an interconnected, interdependent world
- To understand trade from macro to micro
Week :3 Trade Justice and Fairtrade.
- To introduce fair trade principles and goals.
- Understanding the difference between fair trade, Fairtrade and trade justice.
- To encourage critical thinking around trade justice
- Hear what work an Irish NGO is doing on trade.
Week :4 An exploration of Systems, structures and initiatives eg TTIP and CETA
- To introduce participants to the process and outcomes of international trade agreements
- To explore the proposed trade deals that the EU and America are currently negotiating ‘TTIP and CETA’
Week 5: Alternative methods of trade to the current neo-liberal policies
- To investigate current examples of alterative to neoliberal capitalism such as the Transition Town model
- To explore local economics and the multiplier effect
Week 6: Campaigning and actions I can take for Trade Justice
- To upskill participants on campaign or media skills in relation to taking action
- To allow participants to take an action on trade justice issues
What previous participants said about this course:
“It opened my world to the community and the world and how justice around trade must be found. Great sources and links.”
“It motivated me to become more of a social and a trade justice activist.”
“The course made me more aware of how we all play a part in trade injustice and will make me think before I buy in the future.”
Check out these recordings of Comhlamh trade related discussions.
Check out these photos of previous courses and Comhlamh Trade Justice Group activities.