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 UN system and related organizations provide analysis and information services, dedicated research programmes, and advocacy services for LDCs. UN/DESA provides support to LDCs in the...

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...

Resource allocation by United Nations funds and programmes and other sources

Certain organizations have targets for resource allocation to LDCs. These targets refer to aggregate resources allocated to LDCs, and do not necessarily apply directly...

Climate Change: work programme for LDCs, LDC Expert Group and LDC Fund

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

Enhanced Integrated Framework

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...

Scholarships and research grants

Governments, UN agencies, educational institutions and private and other non-governmental organizations provide research-related financial support to LDCs. Many of these are available to all developing...

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 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...

ESCAP and WTO workshop on LDC graduation

5 May 2019. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted a...

Progress of African LDCs in IPoA priority areas

27 March 2019.   At the 52nd Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (March 20-26, 2019), the Committee of Experts assessed...

Committee for Development Policy addresses LDC issues

The  United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) held its twenty-first plenary session from March 11 to 15. Among other issues, the CDP addressed...

New strategic plan for the EIF, 2019-2022

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), which is dedicated to addressing the trade capacity needs of LDCs, has a new strategic plan for the period...

New UNCDF report on blended finance in LDCs

The report ‘Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries’ prepared by UNCDF in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Southern Voice...

New report on the “State of the Least Developed Countries”

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

General Assembly Resolution on LDCs

In December 2018 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 73/242 on the "Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries".  The...

Prospects of LDCs meeting graduation criteria by 2030

"Prospects of Least Developed Countries meeting the graduation criteria by 2030" by Namsuk Kim, published under the CDP Policy Review Series, shows that fourteen countries...

LDCs University Consortium on Climate Change – LUCCC

The Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC) is a south-south, long-term capacity-building programme involving universities in LDCs. Its main purpose is...