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October 04, 2022 - Marie-France Boucher

Fuelling young entrepreneurs' dairy dreams

The Enhanced Integrated Framework provided a €30,000 security to MECK-Moroni to shoulder the risk of the investment. This sort of blended finance is catalytic for aspiring business owners like Bihaicha. Blended finance is a way to use public funds to increase private investment in sustainable development.

June 14, 2022 - Fanan Biem

Beyond ODA and Aid for Trade: The critical value of alternative trade funding

The Enhanced Integrated Framework has remained a key conduit for both channelling and leveraging wider Aid for Trade resources to the LDCs over the past decade but also has the mandate to support LDCs expand their trade funding base.

June 07, 2022 - Mahesh Sugathan

Plastic pollution: Can aid for trade help least developed countries tackle this crisis?

LDCs have to deal with millions of tonnes of plastic products imported each year, including products with embedded plastics and with associated plastic packaging.

May 03, 2022 - Shehnaaz Moosa and Ekhosuehi Iyahen

The world of finance is waking up to the reality of climate change, but money still isn’t getting to the right places

Trade is a critical part of on the ground adaptation efforts that must also be considered, specifically local trade amongst small and medium enterprises which are impacted head-on by climate emergencies. We are seeing communities already vulnerable to shocks affected not only in terms of their resources getting destroyed or depleted but also due to a lack of support systems when this happens.

February 15, 2022 - Daniel K. Kalinaki

As pandemic eases, LDCs face a long road to recovery

The World Bank warned that recovery will be slower in low-income countries, especially small, fragile and conflict-affected states. This is due to lower vaccination rates, tighter fiscal and monetary policies, and more persistent scarring from the pandemic.

January 25, 2022 - Natasha Smith

Why trade finance matters to unlock LDCs' trade potential

A better access to trade finance in least developed countries (LDCs) could allow businesses to have the financial tools to participate in national, regional or global trade.

January 11, 2022 - Lyonpo Loknath Sharma and Ratnakar Adhikari

What Bhutan got right about happiness - and what other countries can learn

Guided by its Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has considerably improved its economic, environmental, social and governance situation in the past four decades.

October 19, 2021 - Ratnakar Adhikari

Why foreign direct investment is key to Africa's sustainable recovery

  Originally published by the World Economic Forum on 19 August 2021

July 20, 2021 - Helen Castell

How LDCs can reset policy to attract more FDI

As foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries tumbles to 25-year lows, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have an opportunity to buck this trend by dismantling trade barriers and developing stable policies that incentivize and de-risk value-add investment into strategic sectors.

July 13, 2021 - Helen Castell, Violeta Gonzalez Behar

Narrowing the trade finance gap for LDCs

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges Least Developed Countries (LDCs) face in accessing vital trade finance, as many have seen their local dollar liquidity shrink while foreign banks take a dimmer - and not always accurate - view of emerging market risk.

June 15, 2021 - Deanna Ramsay

How can the “data revolution” work for developing economies?

New World Bank report shows how data could make an impact, and offers pathways to do so

May 18, 2021 - Helen Castell

UNCTAD LDC Report: putting productive capacities first

Expanding and diversifying productive capacities will better position least developed countries (LDCs) to tap the financing and e-trade opportunities that will underpin their Covid-19 recovery. This was a recurrent theme in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Least Developed Countries Report 2020, which cautioned however that the international community must first rally with resources, policy space and better international support measures.

April 27, 2021 - Helen Castell

Action plan for increasing LDCs’ share of blended finance

Least developed countries (LDCs) receive only 6% of the private finance mobilized globally through blended finance, and even then funds are concentrated in a handful of LDCs while ‘last mile’ countries, sectors and businesses miss out.

March 25, 2021 - Violeta Gonzalez Behar, Michelle Kovacevic

New Insight briefs reveal how COVID-19 will impact Aid for Trade - and how LDCs can take advantage of innovating financing to support trade

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted trade in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) in a myriad of ways – from the complete collapse of tourism in some LDCs, to the rise of e-commerce opportunities in others. It’s also expected to impact donor country aid budgets for many years to come.

March 23, 2021 - Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Sovereign debt challenges and priorities today

COVID-19 is taking a toll on developing countries and their debt

January 28, 2021 - Violeta Gonzalez Behar

Helping small businesses build financial resilience

Originally published on World Economic Forum on 19th January 2021 as part of the 

January 14, 2021 - Moono Mupotola

Small businesses key to economic growth in Africa

Originally published by the International Trade Centre (ITC) International Trade Forum Magazine on 9 December 2020

December 01, 2020 - Dr. Fahmida Khatun

Access to finance is crucial for women entrepreneurs

In Bangladesh, COVID-19 is impacting the female labour force more

August 11, 2020 - Violeta Gonzalez Behar, Anisse Terai

COVID-19 is exacerbating the global trade finance gap

Originally published in World Economic Forum Agenda on 6 July 2020

June 02, 2020 - Michelle Kovacevic

Creating a strong investment climate in the wake of COVID-19

Supply chains are vulnerable, but there is also promise in new sectors for least developed countries

February 27, 2020 - Marc Auboin, Violeta Gonzalez Behar

Why exporters need to mind the trade finance gap

Originally published in World Economic Forum Agenda on 10 February 2020