Sunday, March 28, 2010


This website demonstrates the importance of true and fair competition to sustainable development. The site provides an overview of competition law and policy in developing countries, results of IDRC-funded research, and the important lessons that have been learned. The slide presentations, short case studies, research reports, and online books also touch on issues of globalization, consumer welfare, cartels and monopolies, and trade liberalization.

Competition is a development issue: effective competition laws and policy benefit consumers in the developing world and help to reduce poverty.

The development and enforcement of competition law is a research-based function, and much can be learned from the practical problems faced in developing countries and the steps that have been taken to overcome those problems.

Competition law will not be broadly accepted or fully enforced unless key leaders in government have adopted market principles as the underpinning of economic development. Eleven recommendations suggest practical strategies for introducing and enforcing a competition law.

Book Launch: Competition and Development 2008-09-03
On August 14, 2008, Stephen McGurk, IDRC's Regional Director for South Asia and China, Roger Nellist, DFID, and Pradeep S Mehta of CUTS, launched Competition and Development: The Power of Competitive Markets by Susan Joekes and Phil Evans at a seminar in Delhi. The book is part of the IDRC in_focus collection.

Podcast: Competition and Development
Unlike water and sanitation, competition isn’t generally thought of as an important development issue. But competition keeps markets honest, ensuring that people pay fair prices for the goods and services they consume.