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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