We believe good policy drives progress. By providing evidence-based policy analysis, we help countries to improve economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Our research provides authoritative data and analysis on trade, investment, finance and technology. And it offers solutions to the major challenges facing developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable nations.

Beyond tailored analysis and policy recommendations, our research has also generated global standards that govern responsible sovereign lending and borrowing, investment, entrepreneurship, competition and consumer protection and trade rules.



Flagship reports

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Development prospects in a fractured world: Global disorder and regional responses
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International tax reforms and sustainable investment
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The low-carbon transition and its daunting implications for structural transformation

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Rethinking the Foundations of Export Diversification in Africa – The Catalytic Role of Business and Financial Services
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Cross-border data flows and development: For whom the data flow

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Opening Green Windows: Technological opportunities for a low-carbon world
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Escaping from the Commodity Dependence Trap through Technology and Innovation

Working Papers

Wealth Distribution, Income Inequality and Financial Inclusion: A Panel Data Analysis
Working Paper, No. 4
Authors: Patrick N. Osakwe, Olga Solleder.
UNCTAD/WP/2023/3 - 12 Apr 2023
International supply networks: A portrait of global trade patterns in four sectors
Working Paper, No. 3
Author: Alessandro Nicita.
UNCTAD/WP/2023/2 - 30 Mar 2023