Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes
ALDC Landing 

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.



05 July 2017African tourists emerge as powerhouse for tourism on the continent, says UNCTAD report
29 June 2017Building Productive Capacities in Structurally Weak Developing Countries
African CFTA
08 June 2017UNCTAD on the ground in Niamey supporting African Union Members in quest to bring down barriers to intra-African trade
04 June 2017Equatorial Guinea is the first country to leave the LDC category since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
WTO Public Forum
03 October 2016African trade integration most exciting whenever it creates more jobs
25 August 2016UNCTAD fisheries project facilitates south-south partnerships
Africa Report
21 July 2016UNCTAD warns on debt: Africa should find new ways to finance development
20 June 2016Trade Facilitation, Transport and transit in West Africa
27 May 2016UNCDF and UNCTAD Renew Joint Work on Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries
26 May 2016African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement discussed by experts
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