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


National Entrepreneurship Strategy - Seychelles
UNCTAD/TCS/DIAE/INF/2023/2 - 16 Mar 2023
Technology and Innovation Report 2023
Opening Green Windows: Technological opportunities for a low-carbon world
UNCTAD/TIR/2022 - 16 Mar 2023
Entrepreneurship Policy Review - Uganda
UNCTAD/TCS/DIAE/INF/2023/1 - 15 Mar 2023

Policy briefs

Financial services: Unlocking the potential for export diversification
UNCTAD Policy Brief No. 106
UNCTAD/PRESS/PB/2022/14 - 12 Dec 2022

Working Papers

Understanding the drivers of income inequality within and across countries: Some new evidence
UNCTAD Working Paper, No. 2
Authors: Patrick N. Osakwe, Olga Solleder.
UNCTAD/WP/2023/1 - 27 Jan 2023
Trade policy and trade resilience during the 2020 trade downturn
UNCTAD Working Paper No. 1
Authors: Alessandro Nicita, Enxhi Tresa.
UNCTAD/WP/2022/1 - 01 Dec 2022