Multilateral and bilateral development partners support LDCs through a range of financial and technical assistance mechanisms. While development cooperation country programmes are designed based on a combination of factors including income levels, creditworthiness, specific needs and vulnerabilities, and cultural and historical ties, certain support measures are available exclusively to LDCs and to countries that have recently graduated from the category.

International support measures for LDCs in development cooperation

Analysis, information and advocacy for LDCs

Several United Nations system and related organizations provide analysis and information services, dedicated research programmes, and advocacy services for LDCs. The United Nations Department of Economic...

Comprehensive Programmes of Action for LDCs

Comprehensive programmes of action for LDCs were adopted in four successive United Nations Conferences on the Least Developed Countries, the most recent being the...

Commitments and special terms on ODA to LDCs

All developing countries are eligible for ODA until they exceed the high-income threshold determined by the World Bank for three consecutive years. Special commitments...

Special grants or special terms for LDCs in concessional loans

Some countries and organizations have special terms for LDCs in concessional loans: Republic of Korea: LDCs have the most favourable conditions, including lower interest...

Special programmes and terms for LDCs in the United Nations system

Certain organizations have criteria for resource allocation that favour LDCs. In many cases, resources are not allocated to LDCs per se, but to countries...

Climate Change and Environment

Climate Change The United Nations Convention on Climate Change states that “the Parties shall take full account of the specific needs and special situations of...

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for Trade-Related Assistance to LDCs

The EIF is a multi-donor programme which supports LDCs to increase their participation in the international trading system. It focuses on five main activities:...

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the capital investment agency of the United Nations for the LDCs. It provides access to microfinance...

Technology Bank for LDCs

The Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (Istanbul Programme of Action  or IPOA) called for the establishment of...

Investment Support Programme for LDCs (ISP/LDCs)

The Investment Support Programme for LDCs, established in 2018, provides on-demand legal and professional assistance to LDC governments and eligible state-owned or private sector...

South-South cooperation and LDCs

South-South cooperation -  “whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and...

International support measures for LDCs in development cooperation - News and analysis

Working Together For Lao PDR’s Sustainable LDC Graduation

Op-Ed co-authored by Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, and UN Resident Coordinator Sara Sekkenes, October 8, 2019.

October 10: What Vanuatu’s LDC graduation means for businesses

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will hold a consultation meeting on Thursday, October 2019, at 2:30 at the VCCI Conference room...
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LDCs at the Climate Action Summit

23 September 2019.  A special session on LDCs was held during the Climate Action Summit. Watch here (starting at minute 2:15:30). A formal briefing...

New report on Blended Finance in LDCs / UNCDF & OECD

Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries 2019 is the second volume in the series. It outlines the latest trends in blended finance approaches...

Least Developed Countries Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI)

12 September 2019. The Least Developed Countries Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) is a "strategic framework for driving...

Improved assistance measures for graduated and graduating least developed countries for the achievement of...

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is the United Nations body in charge of periodically reviewing the LDC category and recommending the graduation of countries...

GEF LDC and SIDS program on sound management of chemicals and waste

23 August 2019. The GEF's Least Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Program seeks to address the sound management of chemicals and waste...

UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) of the UN Capital Development Fund is a mechanism aimed at promoting climate change–resilient communities and economies...

LDC Graduation: Frequently Asked Questions

  What happens when a country graduates? Must LDC graduates pay more to access development financing? What are the benefits of graduation? Is LDC graduation the...

New fund for LDC participation in WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations

17 May 2019. The WTO Director-General announced on May 3, 2019, the creation of a fund to enable the participation of capital-based delegations from...