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

New reports on LDC Expert Group (LEG) on climate change

May 2020. Reports for the 52nd session of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Implementation, to be held in Bonn in October 2020, have recently...

Secretary-General’s report on progress by LDCs

A new report from the UN Secretary-General assesses development progress made by the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2011, which is threatened by COVID-19...

LDCs and climate change: “Least Developed Countries stress that climate action cannot be neglected”

2 April 2020 - Press release by the LDC Group in climate change negotiations: "“These are really difficult times for everyone. As the world responds...

Conference: Achieving Sustainable Development in the LDCs – Towards LDC-V

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is organizing...

The OECD’s Transition Finance Toolkit

As LDCs approach graduation from the LDC category, they are often facing other simultaneous transitions related to development milestones such as reaching a certain...

New on the EIF’s Trade4Development: Leaving no one behind – New help for graduating...

Leaving no one behind: New help for graduating least developed countries (Parts I and II) by Daniel Gay. (28 January 2020)

Investment promotion in LDCs: new project by EIF and WAIPA

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) have begun a joint project to build capacities in LDCs...

Least Developed Countries Report 2019

UNCTAD's 2019 Least Developed Countries Report addresses financing for development and how LDCs can adapt their development strategies to the current global setting. This includes mobilizing...
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Secretary-General visits Technology Bank for LDCs

November 1, 2019. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the premises of the Technology Bank for LDCs in Gebze, Turkey.  See the press release...

Joint UN Workshop in Support of Solomon Islands’ Graduation from the LDC Category

On 17-18 October 2019, the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Least Developed Country Graduation, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, held a...