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): Trade-Related Assistance to LDCs

EIF is the only multilateral partnership dedicated exclusively to assisting LDCs in their use of trade as an engine for growth, sustainable development, and...

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 technical...

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

COP26: 12 donors pledge $413 million to LDC Fund

9 November 2021. More information here: US$ 413 Million Pledged for Most Vulnerable Countries at COP26 | UNFCCC

UN LDC5 Journalism Fellowship – Online

Application deadline: 17 October  Dates: 15 November 16 December On the road to LDC5, the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries,...

Preliminary impacts of graduation on development cooperation in Cambodia, Comoros, Djibouti, Senegal and Zambia

21 September 2021. A new group of LDCs have entered the graduation pipeline by meeting the CDP's graduation criteria for the first time: Cambodia,...

UNCDF at General Assembly: Investment solutions for LDCs and Sovereign Borrowers Conference

September 22-23: UNCDF invites you to join a two-day “Capstone Event” that will highlight investment solutions to achieve sustainable development for the  46 least...

UNCDF’s BRIDGE Facility: Dedicated Finance for the LDCs

29 July 2021. Among solutions being discussed in the preparations for LDC5 is "the establishment of a dedicated and sufficiently large blended finance de-risking...

Zero draft of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs for 2022-2031 released

On July 12 the co-chairs of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), Bangladesh and Canada, released the zero draft of...

Productive Capacities for the New Decade, side-event at LDC5 Prepcom

Why is productive capacity central to the sustainable development of least developed countries (LDCs)? How can LDCs, with support from development partners, expand their...

First Preparatory Committee for LDC5

The 1st session of the Preparatory Committee for the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will take place on 24-28...

ESCAP report: Strengthening the resilience of LDCs in the wake of the Coronavirus disease...

28 April 2021.  ESCAP has launched its flagship Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report. This year's issue focuses on "strengthening the resilience of...

ESCAP: Special Body of LDCs, LLDCs and Pacific Island Developing States

Upcoming: 28 April 2021. In the context of UNESCAP's 77th Commission Session, this meeting will "bring forth policy messages that are specific to LDCs, of which 5...