Latin America

Promoting Decent Work in Global Supply Chains (GSCs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Key Issues, Good Practices, Lessons Learned and Policy Insights

2016   |    Gary Gereffi, Penny Bamber, Karina Fernandez-Stark

The report, prepared by Dr. Gereffi, Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), uses a case-based approach to analyze circumstances under which both economic and social upgrading have been achieved simultaneously. The report is based on a desk-based review, drawing upon existing studies of GSCs to examine their impacts and implications for the development of domestic firms and workers, their contribution to productive transformation and structural change and their impacts on the quantity and quality of jobs in the LAC region.

ILO Americas Technical Reports, 2016/1   View Report (English)  View Report (Spanish)  View ILO Page

Connecting to the World Market through Regional Value Chains: Partnership Opportunities in Coconut Value Chain for the Small Caribbean Economies

2016   |    Ajmal Abdulsamad

This report presents the advantages of a regional approach and the opportunities of public-private collaboration in connecting the small Caribbean economies to the global market. Findings from this research will inform the strategy of a multi-year program, “Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean,” funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). The report covers nine Caribbean countries: the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, Belize, Suriname, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Dominica.

Report prepared for the International Trade Center (ITC)   View Report PDF

China’s Greatest Legacy was to create a Model of Inclusive Development

2016   |    Gary Gereffi

Gereffi provided an interview for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Integration and Trade Journal on industrial development in China with lessons Latin America can learn from China. It is available in English and Spanish.

Integration and Trade Journal, No. 40 (June), p. 298-303  View English PDF   View Spanish PDF   View Full IDB Publication

Global value chains and upgrading: Export promotion in FTZs

2016   |    Gary Gereffi

This article highlights the case study of Costa Rica\\\'s medical devices sector based on Duke CGGC\\\'s 2013 report for Costa Rica. This issue of the World FZO Bulletin was distributed to all conference participants at the World FZO conference held in Dubai, May 9-11, 2016.

World FZO Bulletin Issue 5  View PDF   View Conference Program

Review of Ecuador’s Agri-Industries Global Value Chains: Bottlenecks and Roadmap for Implementation

2015   |    Ghada Ahmed, Danny Hamrick

This report was prepared as a background paper to the World Bank Ecuador Country Economic Memorandum (CEM) which was released on March 6th, 2016. The Ecuador Country Economic Memorandum (CEM) is the result of a team effort of the Ecuador Country Team, members from several Global Practices and the IFC.

Background Study for Ecuador’s Country Economic Memorandum   View Report

Towards Better Work in Central America: Nicaragua and the CAFTA Context

2014   |    Jennifer Bair, Gary Gereffi

Towards Better Work: Understanding Labour in Apparel Global Value Chains Pp. 251-275 in Arianna Rossi, Amy Luinstra and John Pickles (eds.), Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan and the International Labour Office

Latin America’s Emergence in Global Services: A New Driver of Structural Change in the Region?

2014   |    Rene Hernandez, Nanno Mulder, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Pierre Sauve, Dorotea Lopez Giral, Felipe Muñoz Navia

Karina Fernandez-Stark is an editor of this recent ECLAC book on the service industry in Latin America.

ECLAC Book   View Book

A Indústria Brasileira e as Cadeias Globais de Valor

2014   |    Timothy Sturgeon, Gary Gereffi, Andrew Guinn, Ezequiel Zylberberg

 Book CoverAs indústrias estão deixando de atuar apenas nos mercados domésticos e tornam-se cada vez mais internacionalizadas. Nos últimos 50 anos, o mundo tem passado por transformações que afetam significativamente a produção e o comércio globais. A manufatura, antes local, agora é mundial. Empresas e países se especializam não na fabricação de bens, mas nas etapas do processo produtivo.

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Brazil in Global Value Chains: Implications for Trade and Industrial Policy

2013   |    Timothy Sturgeon, Gary Gereffi, Andrew Guinn, Ezequiel Zylberberg

Article in the Brazilian Journal of Foreign Trade. Also available in Portuguese: O Brasil nas cadeias globais de valor: implicações para a política industrial e de comércio

FUNCEX: Revista Brasileira de Comércio Exterior (RBCE), Issue 115 (April/June), p. 26-41.   View PDF   View PDF (Portuguese)

Economic and Social Upgrading and Workforce Development in the Apparel Global Value Chain

2013   |    Gary Gereffi

Korea Labor Institute, International Labor Brief 11, 4 (April): 18-28  View Article

Regional Competitiveness in the Latin America Offshore Services Value Chain

2013   |    Karina Fernandez-Stark, Penny Bamber, Gary Gereffi

The Oxford Handbook of Offshoring and Global Employment Pp. 534-563 in Ashok Bardhan, Dwight Jaffee and Cynthia Kroll (eds.), New York: Oxford University Press  View Publisher's Website

Global Value Chains, Economic Upgrading and Gender: Case Studies of the Horticulture, Tourism, and Call Center Industries

2013   |    Penny Bamber, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Ghada Ahmed, Michelle Christian

This book provides an analysis of the horticulture, tourism, and call center global value chains (GVCs) based on a survey of the literature and case studies carried out in Honduras (horticulture), Kenya (tourism), and Egypt (call centers). The studies show that GVCs and their upgrading dynamics have important gender dimensions, and that integration and upgrading are influenced by, and have an impact on, gender relations.

World Bank Book Cornelia Staritz and José Guilherme Reis (eds.)  View Book   View Blog Post

Upgrading and Restructuring in the Global Apparel Value Chain: Why China and Asia are Outperforming Mexico and Central America

2011   |    Stacey Frederick, Gary Gereffi

This article uses the global value chain approach to analyze the upgrading trajectories of leading apparel exporters adapting to the end of textile and apparel quotas and the economic recession.

International Journal Technological Learning, Innovation and Development Vol. 4, No. 1/2/3, p. 67-95  View Publisher's Website  View Special Issue