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

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...

General Assembly resolution on the graduation of Vanuatu from the LDC category

21 December 2020. The United Nations General Assembly has issued a resolution on the Graduation of Vanuatu from the LDC category (A/RES/75/128). It commends...

UNCDF-OECD Report Focuses on Potential of Blended Finance for LDCs’ Response to Covid-19

16 December 2020. The third edition of the Blended Finance in the LDCs report series by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Organization for...

LDCs and climate ambition: the Thimphu Ambition Summit

On 9 December 2020, ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit, the Royal Government of Bhutan, chair of the LDC Group at the UNFCCC, hosted...

Vanuatu has graduated from the LDC category

4 December 2020. On 4 December, Vanuatu became the sixth country to graduate from the least developed country (LDC) category. As noted by the...

News from the WTO: China renews its contribution to the LDC and Accessions Programme

1 December 2020.  The government of China has pledged to renew its contribution of USD 500,000 (CHF 451,500) to the WTO’s Least Developed Countries...

Local governments and communities in LDCs join LoCAL for locally led climate change adaptation

10 November 2020. What connects a farmer in Niger, a young mother in Bangladesh and a community leader in a mountain village in Bhutan?...

Virtual event: How innovative trade funding can help LDCs recover from COVID-19 – EIF...

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the precarity of LDCs when it comes to financing and investments in support to trade. There is a...

Virtual event: Leaving no one behind and building back better from COVID-19: The Future...

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing labour market ravages in all regions, some of those trends are accelerating, thereby generating new challenges and opportunities for...

UN ECA: Review of Progress of African LDCs

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has released its 2020 Review of progress made on the Programme of Action for the LDCs...