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Difficulties Graduating from 'Least Developed Country' Status

Least Developed Countries (LDC) are countries that have a combination of low per capita income and score lowly on two composite indicators relating to the level of human development and degree of economic vulnerability, according to Mr. Andrew Mold, Acting Director of ECA in the Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016 shows that global poverty is increasingly concentrated within the group of 48 LDC countries. Currently, approximately 80 percent (38 of the 48) of the LDCs are African. Read more. More on the ECA in this BRIEFING



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The Least Developed Countries Report 2016 shows that global poverty is increasingly concentrated within the group of 48 LDC countries. Currently, approximately 80 percent (38 of the 48) of the LDCs are African.

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