Through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a variety of different stakeholders work together in a common effort to help Least Developed Countries (LDCs) better integrate into the global trading system. The EIF process involves LDCs, EIF Donor countries, six Core Agencies, two Observer Agencies as well as other partners, the Executive Secretariat for the EIF (ES) and the EIF Trust Fund Manager (TFM).


    The EIF currently assists 48 LDCs - along with three countries, which have recently graduated from the LDC list - in achieving specific trade objectives. These include mainstreaming trade into national development strategies, setting up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance and building capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.


    The EIF is currently supported by 23 bilateral EIF Donors through contributions to the EIF multi donor Trust Fund. The EIF relies on a number of Donor Facilitators (DFs), who work with the EIF Focal Points (FPs) to facilitate donor coordination and the donor/government dialogue on trade issues and Aid for Trade. The DF is a representative from the donor community active in supporting the LDCs’ trade agenda and is identified by the government and other donors.


    Six Core Agencies and two Observer Agencies contribute to the mission of the EIF: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization (WTO), with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as Observer Agencies. The WTO is also host to the Executive Secretariat for the EIF (ES) in Geneva.


    The EIF also works to strengthen donor harmonization in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action to improve development assistance, and collaboration is also underway with the following partners: Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group), African Development Bank (AfDB), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF).


    To deliver results, the EIF Partnership works both at a country level and at a global level. At a country level, the EIF National Steering Committee (NSC) serves as a multi-stakeholder decision-making body. In-country processes are generally led by the EIF Focal Point (FP) - often an official from the local government - whereas the donor community is represented by a DF. At a global level, the EIF Partnership is comprised of the EIF Steering Committee (EIFSC), the EIF Board, the Executive Secretariat for the EIF (ES) and the EIF Trust Fund Manager (TFM).