Strengthening productive capacity in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
through providing an enabling environment for investment
in sustainable energy development in support of graduation

Implementing Entity/ies
Collaborating Partners
UNDESA, UNESCAP, UNECA, UNCTs of pilot countries, GEIDCO, SEforALL
Feb. 2018 - Nov. 2020
Approved Budget
$ 584,220
The project aims at strengthening the national capacity of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to enhance their access to sustainable energy and in doing so building their productive capacity, sustainable industrialization and socio-economic development.


The project puts particular emphasis on multi-stakeholder partnership building, effective public-private partnership, and innovative and flexible financing schemes tailored to the local conditions of sustainable energy development in LDCs. To achieve this objective, advocacy efforts have been made to increase awareness on the impact that access to energy can have across the LDCs development, including an exhibition held during the 2018 HLPF as well as the publication of a magazine telling sustainable energy stories from least developed countries. The exhibition and the magazine were based on the competition UN-OHRLLS inviting journalist from LDCs to submit stories on how sustainable energy is affecting communities in their countries. The received submissions revealed stories of inspiring innovation, entrepreneurship and perseverance in overcoming, often, significant challenges. The initiative combined a focus on the SDGs with a support to journalists reporting on local realities from the ground: it directly linked efforts at international levels with micro actions on the ground.