Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category: Inclusion, Graduation and Special Support Measures – Third Edition

The Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category is prepared by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) to provide comprehensive information on the least developed country (LDC) category. This third edition of the Handbook builds upon and updates the previous edition, published in 2015. It reflects refinements to the LDC criteria and the progress of several countries towards graduation from the category. Moreover, this edition contains additional information on international support measures, in particular on “smooth transition” provisions for countries graduating from the LDC category. The publication is intended for use by government officials, policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders interested in the LDC category.

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