Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes
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In support of UNCTAD's vision of "Prosperity for All", the Division focuses its initiatives on the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries in the world.

The Division aims to address development challenges in Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as in countries with specific geographical barriers, notably Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Division offers targeted, analytically-sound policy recommendations and technical assistance to foster inclusive and sustainable development, aligning its work with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Division conducts evidenced-based research and policy development; publishes flagship reports including the Least Developed Countries Report, and the Economic Development in Africa Report; produces UN-mandated Vulnerability Profiles, tracks progress towards graduation, and prepares smooth transition strategies for LDCs; provides tailor-made and demand-driven technical assistance programmes; supports and facilitates intergovernmental consensus building and coordinates UNCTAD's work on Africa, LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.



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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