Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category

Inclusion, Graduation and Special Support Measures, Third Edition

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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) has been 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. This revised edition of the Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category builds upon and updates information made available in a previous edition released in October 2015. It further underscores the Committee’s dedication to making the methods and approaches used in the identification of least developed countries known to a wider audience of stakeholders and all those interested in finding solutions to the development challenges faced by these countries.

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The present publication is a collaborative undertaking of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The procedures presented here reflect the outcome of collaborative efforts by various members, past and current, of the CDP. This issue of the publication was prepared by the secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy under the general supervision of Roland Mollerus, Secretary of the Committee, who counted on substantive support from Annette Becker, Matthias Bruckner, Márcia Tavares, Daniel Gay, Namsuk Kim, and Teresa Lenzi. The contributions of Leah C. Kennedy, Mary Lee Kortes, Nardos A. Mulatu and Nancy Settecasi in producing this publication are also gratefully acknowledged.

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