Peer review of the Least Developed Countries Report 2023

06 June 2023
09:30 - 17:30 hrs. CEST, Palais des Nations
Online and Geneva
, Switzerland


UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report provides a comprehensive and authoritative source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world's most impoverished countries.

The Report is intended for a broad readership of governments, policymakers, researchers, and all those involved with LDCs’ development policies.

The Least Developed Countries Report 2023 bears the working subtitle, “Financing the sustainable development of the least developed countries in the context of multiple crises”.


The Peer Review of the forthcoming The Least Developed Countries Report 2023 brought together invited economic, finance and development analysts, research scholars, policy makers and subject matter experts to review and discuss a draft of the forthcoming report.

The objective of the Peer Review was to critically assess the methodologies followed in the report, and deepen the analysis contained therein, in light of recent scholarship. The Peer Review was undertaken as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure the highest quality and analytical rigour of the final Report.

Participants in the Peer Review included the following external experts:

  • Mr. Simplice A. Asongu, African Governance and Development Institute
  • Mr. Dirk Bezemer, University of Groningen
  • Mr. Jason Braganza, African Forum and Network on Debt and Development
  • Ms. Maia Colodenco, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University
  • Ms. Nerea Craviotto, European Network on Debt and Development
  • Mr. Ioannis Dafermos, SOAS University of London
  • Mr. Aziz Durrani, ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office
  • Ms. Mmakamma Ekeruche, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa  
  • Ms. Iolanda Fresnillo, European Network on Debt and Developement
  • Ms. Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mr. Bernhard Gunter, American University 
  • Mr. Mizanur Khan, International Center for Climate Change and Development
  • Ms. Nilufa Khatun, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University
  • Ms. Yuefen Li, South-South Cooperation and Development Finance
  • Mr. Xiankun Lu, SUIBE University
  • Ms. Huang Meibo, SUIBE University
  • Ms. Alice Pauthier, Institute for Climate Economics
  • Ms. Annalisa Prizzon, Overseas Development Institute
  • Mr. Daouda Sembene, Center for Global Development
  • Ms. Jingying Sun, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The Least Developed Countries Report 2023 will be launched globally in November 2023.


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