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New LDC Handbook now online

10 November 2021. A new edition of the Handbook on the Least Developed Country (LDC) Category is being launched today. The handbook contains comprehensive...

UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2021

28 September 2021. UNCTAD has launched the 2021 issue of its Least Developed Countries Report: The least developed countries in the post-COVID world -...

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,...

UNCTAD policy brief: enhancing productive capacities and transforming LDCs

13 September 2021.  UNCTAD has published a new Policy Brief on "Enhancing productive capacities and transforming least developed country economies through institution-building: Upcoming United...

The need directly to target sustainable productive capacity in least developed countries

30 July 2021. By Daniel Gay. Covid-19 uncovered an uncomfortable truth. International support for least developed countries (LDCs), though welcome and contributing to some success,...

UNCTAD/EIF on Trade and Gender in LDCs

29 June 2021. A joint UNCTAD-EIF publication discusses the gender implications of international trade and regional/global economic integration in the LDCs. It examines the socio-economic...

Smooth transition guidance note

28 May 2021. The Smooth transition strategy guidance note, prepared by UNDESA as the Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) aims to support...

State of the LDCs 2021: Building back better in response to COVID-19

24 May 2021. The State of the Least Developed Countries 2021 report is a comprehensive assessment of where the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) stand a...

Productive capacity as resilience in the LDCs, by Daniel Gay

20 May 2021. Least developed countries (LDCs) were hit harder than most by a succession of crises in recent years – from the Asian crisis...

Underutilization of trade preferences by LDCs: new note by WTO secretariat

The fifth in a series of notes prepared by the WTO secretariat for the Committee on Rules of Origin, this new note analyses underutilization...

New EIF Policy Brief Series on LDCs and trade

7 May 2021. How can LDCs ensure trade contributes to their economic growth?  The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) has launched a new Policy Brief series...

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...