The Division focuses on the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries in the world. Specifically, it aims to increase understanding and awareness of the development problems of Africa and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as countries with specific geographical handicaps, notably Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and to promote action at national, regional and international levels to support their development, enhance their participation in the world economy and achieve to trade internationally agreed development goals.
What we do
- Provide timely, targeted research and analysis of development challenges faced by these countries.
- Design innovative policy recommendations.
- Deliver tailor-made technical assistance, in particular through the Enhanced Integrated Framework.
- Support intergovernmental processes that seek to address their specific problems, such as those embodied in the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries.
The Division also collaborates with other UNCTAD Divisions in relation, finance, investment, enterprise, technology and logistics, in order to maximize UNCTAD's impact within the target countries.
Some 80 developing countries fall under the Division's areas of work.