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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.



01 July 2015Opening of UNCTAD regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
26 May 2015Helping Least Developed Countries prepare for WTO Committee on rules of origin
AU Trade Experts
19 May 2015African Continental Free Trade Area discussed and UNCTAD's suggestions presented
08 May 2015Strengthening the private sector to boost continental trade and integration in Africa
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08 May 2015Zambia validates updated trade policies with help from UNCTAD
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