Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category

Inclusion, Graduation and Special Support Measures

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The 2nd edition of the Handbook contains an updated comprehensive explanation of the criteria, procedures and methodology used in establishing which countries are eligible for inclusion in, or recommended for graduation from, the least developed country (LDC) category. It also provides an overview of the special support measures that can be derived from having least developed country status and the implications of graduating from the list in terms of the potential of such measures.

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The category of the least developed countries (LDCs) was established in 1971 as a special group of developing countries characterized by a low income level and structural impediments to growth, and requiring special measures for dealing with those problems. The Committee for Development Policy (CDP), through its predecessor, the Committee for Development Planning, was actively engaged in the establishment of the least developed country category and has since become highly recognized for its expertise in the identification of these countries.

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