Debt and Development Finance



The Debt and Development Finance Branch (DDFB) comprises two units - an analytical unit, the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit (DFAU), and a technical unit, the Debt Management and Financial Analysis System (DMFAS) programme (see link below).

Located within the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS) of UNCTAD, the main purpose of our work is to perform the three pillars of UNCTAD’s contribution – research, consensus building and technical assistance - as related to debt and development finance and other systemic issues. We are particularly interested in understanding the trends around the external and domestic debt of developing countries and the systemic and financial challenges associated with development.

We are the focal point within the United Nations for debt analysis, preparing the Secretary General’s annual report on External Debt Sustainability and Development to the General Assembly.

We conduct research and provide technical assistance on a range of issues including:

  • Debt, debt sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Mobilization of domestic public and private financial resources for development
  • Systemic issues underlying developing countries’ debt vulnerabilities
  • Soft law and responsibilities of borrowers and lenders
  • Sovereign debt restructuring mechanisms
  • Illicit financial flows and how they affect resource mobilization
  • The role of financialization in undermining policy space
  • Financial inclusion

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A leading provider of technical cooperation and advisory services in debt management for developing countries.