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EIF Secretariat

The EIF’s role as supporting the coordination of on-the-ground Aid for Trade efforts would not be possible without the buy-in from Donors that their representation facilitates. Nonetheless, with funds less readily available and more closely scrutinized, the ability of an LDC to identify, design and pitch programmes that can generate sustained, value for money impact on poverty is critical. As a result, avoiding duplication, waste and fraud while building mutually reinforcing partnerships on the ground has never been more important. In this context, the EIF provides a platform for donors to increase synergies and coordinate efforts. By the end of 2015, 79% of the EIF Countries with Tier 1 projects related to providing support for EIF National Implementation Arrangements had a mechanism to monitor donor trade-related activities to ensure coordination.

The EIF is currently supported by 24 country donors through contributions to the EIF Multi-Donor Trust Fund.

EIF Donor Facilitators 

The EIF relies on a number of Donor Facilitators, who work with the Focal Points on the ground to facilitate donor coordination and donor/government dialogue on trade issues and Aid for Trade. The Donor Facilitator is a representative from the donor community active in supporting an LDCs’ trade agenda and is identified by the government and other donors. For more information on how to become a donor facilitator, please contact .

24 Country Donors






European Commission








Korea, Republic of




Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of





United Kingdom

United States of America

“ Norway places great importance on the integration of the Least Developed Countries into the Multilateral Trading System. Trade is vital for development. At the same time, development assistance is necessary for the LDCs' ability to take advantage of market access in other countries. The EIF is an important instrument and has for many years been Norway's main channel for targeted, trade-related development assistance to many LDCs.”

Norway, Foreign Minister, Børge Brende

“ As a strong proponent for free and fair trade, Sweden believes that the EIF strengthens the opportunities for the LDCs to take full advantage of existing and future prospects for development through trade. We are encouraged by the EIF's commitment to take into account the lessons learned during EIF Phase One, to strengthen the focus on leveraging resources as well as improving monitoring and evaluation. Promoting gender equality and inclusive trade is crucial to maximize the impact of trade and development activities on people's livelihoods. It is therefore promising that this is one of the EIF's four overarching strategic goals in 2016-2018.”

Sweden, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Policy, Ann Linde