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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.



26 August 2015Training of African Union Services Trade Negotiators kicks off in Nairobi
Flag of the Comoros
27 July 2015Training and capacity building workshop in Moroni, Comoros (28-30 July 2015)
23 July 2015UNCTAD opens first regional office in Africa to 'Make Trade Work' for the continent
13 July 2015Making regional trade work for Africa: turning words into deeds
09 July 2015Africa must tap the huge potential of its services sector, UNCTAD report argues
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