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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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21 July 2013Panel discusses Cambodia: bicycle industry challenges and the fate of trade benefits
17 July 2013Press Coverage of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2013
10 July 2013The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013 launched in Addis Ababa
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10 July 2013While reducing African trade barriers, don't forget to boost private sector, report advises governments
08 July 2013Hopeful trends cited for Africa
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