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...

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

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...

Side-Event at LDC5 Prepcom: Productive Capacities for the New Decade

On 26 May 2021, UNCTAD, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the Committee for Development Policy and the UN Technology Bank for LDCs will host...

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...

Comprehensive study on the impact of COVID-19 on the LDC category

19 April 2021. The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has launched its Comprehensive study on the impact of COVID-19 on the LDC category, prepared at...

OECD data: bilateral aid to LDCs rose 1.8% in 2020

15 April 2021. Preliminary OECD data indicate that bilateral aid flows from DAC members to the group of LDCs increased by 1.8% in real terms in 2020 compared...

UNCDF Podcast: interview with Ambassador Perks Ligoya, leader of the LDC Group at the...

18 March 2021. "LDCs are the crucible of the SDGs". Ambassador Perks Ligoya, Permanent Representative of Malawi to the United Nations and leader of...

EIF Aid for Trade Stocktaking Event 2021: LDC focused sessions

10 March 2021.  Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and partners are holding the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Aid for Trade Stocktaking Event from 23 to 25...

UNCDF at LDC5

2 March 2021.  Read the first in a series of brochures issued by UNCDF in preparation for LDC5: UNCDF LDC5 Brochure for 2021 - UN...

ODA and Aid for Trade in LDCs in the context of COVID-19 – new...

15 February 2021. "There is a growing consensus that Official Development Assistance (ODA) alone won’t be enough to help least developed countries (LDCs) recover...