Valentine, Kimberly


Organization: Gifts and Graces
Location: Makati City, Philippines
Year: 2015

MRP/Thesis abstract:

Crafting Livelihoods: Handicraft Production and Fair Trade in the Philippines

Throughout the practice of international development there has been contention about the impact of Western-led development on the Global South. Approaches to development, such as fair trade need to be critically analysed to determine their true impact on those in the Global South. This paper examines the fair trade and handicraft production sector in the Philippines. Gendered aspects of handicraft production and fair trade and how factors, such as ability affect those who take part were investigated. It was important to analyze whether or not their work for fair trade organizations helps to relieve poverty and brings them into the decision-making process. An in-field qualitative study was conducted. This paper suggests that the fractured fair trade system within the Philippines has made it hard to assess fair trade’s ability to alleviate poverty for producers.