Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes
The Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes collaborates with more than 80 countries to ensure growth opportunities from trade and investment, to improve development prospects, and to enable their more effective participation in the global economy. The Division provides timely, targeted research and analysis, as well as innovative policy recommendations regarding development, trade and investment.

Through its analysis of African economic issues, UNCTAD aims to increase awareness of some of the most critical development problems of the continent, and to promote action at national, regional and international levels to support African development efforts with a view to enhancing the participation of African countries in the world economy.
Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes (ALDC)
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The Division focuses on the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries in the world. Specifically, it aims to increase understanding of the development problems of Africa and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as countries with specific geographical impediments, notably Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Division proposes policies for actions to support inclusive and sustainable development.

Main outputs
  • Undertake targeted policy-focused analysis
  • Provide innovative policy options
  • Deliver tailor-made technical assistance, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)
  • Support intergovernmental consensus building
  • Coordinate the work of UNCTAD on countries covered by the Division
  • Represent UNCTAD at the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa)

Over 90 developing countries fall under the Division's areas of work.

ALDC Annual Report 2015
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16 September 2012UNCTAD Board focusses on creating jobs, reducing poverty in Africa
12 September 2012Zambia Commerce Minister to speak at high-level segment of UNCTAD Board
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12 September 2012LLDCs need to move from being land-locked to become land-linked, says UNCTAD Deputy S-G
Enabling the Graduation of LDCs
06 September 2012Many LDCs still over dependent on a few commodities, lack food security, UNCTAD study finds
27 August 2012Tanzania implementing UNCTAD e-Regulations programme for investors and entrepreneurs
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