The Least Developed Countries Report 2009

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The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are a group of countries that have been classified by the United Nations as least developed in terms of their low GDP per capita, their weak human assets and their high degree of economic vulnerability. This Report argues that the impact of the global economic crisis is likely to be so severe in LDCs that “business as usual” is no longer possible. The crisis offers the necessity and opportunity for change. The Report sketches out a concrete, alternative economic strategy and a fresh agenda for LDC policymakers, which includes institutional capacity-building and the strengthening of the market-complementing developmental State.

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The Least Developed Countries Report 2009 was prepared by a team consisting of Zeljka Kozul-Wright (team leader), Alberto Amurgo Pacheco (until February 2009), Agnès Collardeau-Angleys, Junior Davis, Marwan El Khoury (until March 2009), Madasamyraja Rajalingam, Rolf Traeger, Giovanni Valensisi (from March 2009) and Stefanie West. Nancy Biersteker, Lisa Borgatti, Pierre Encontre, Charles Gore, Massimiliano La Marca, Terry McKinley (consultant) and Paul Rayment (consultant) also made specific inputs to the Report. Simona Foltyn participated in the final stage of preparing the Report. The work was carried out under the overall supervision of Habib Ouane, Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes (ALDC), and Charles Gore, Head, Research and Policy Analysis Branch, ALDC.

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