The Least Developed Countries Report 2010

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This report calls for the creation of a new international development architecture (NIDA) for the LDCs aimed at: a) reversing their marginalization in the global economy and helping them in their catch-up efforts; b) supporting a pattern of accelerated economic growth and diversification to improve the well-being of all their people; and c) helping them graduate from LCD status. The NIDA for LDCs would be constituted through reforms of the global economic regimes which directly affect development and poverty reduction in LDCs, and through the design of a new generation of special international support mechanisms for the LDCs aimed at addressing their specific structural constraints and vulnerabilities. Increasing South-South cooperation could play an important role in a NIDA for LCDs. The Report proposes five major pillars of the NIDA: finance, trade, commodities, technology, and climate change mitigation and adaptation and identifies a forward-looking action.

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The Least Developed Countries Report 2010 was prepared by a team consisting of Željka Kožul-Wright (team leader), Agnès Collardeau-Angleys, Junior Davis, Padmashree Gehl Sampath, Massimiliano La Marca (until 31 July 2010), Igor Paunović, Madasamyraja Rajalingam, Rolf Traeger and Giovanni Valensisi. Cécile Couharde, Stefano Inama, Mathias Rau-Göhring, Claudia Röthlisberger and Wei Zhuang also made specific inputs to the Report. The work was carried out under the overall guidance and supervision of Charles Gore, Head, Research and Policy Analysis Branch, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, who also made significant inputs to the structure and content of the Report.

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