Least Developed Countries

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EIF Secretariat

The EIF is the only multi-donor global Aid for Trade fund exclusively for the LDCs. It works on the trade-related challenges of the world’s poorest countries, assisting them at every stage of their journey to leverage trade for growth and poverty reduction. The EIF is structured around an ironclad belief that in order to be sustainable, improvements in an LDC trading environment must flow from the positions of the LDC governments themselves. This unique approach guarantees full LDC ownership, and the majority of the EIF projects are co-financed by the LDCs themselves.


The EIF delivers four broad types of interventions, designed to assist an LDC at every stage of integrating trade into its development strategy. More details regarding the various funding windows can be found on our How We Work page. You can also find details on guidelines and necessary templates for EIF projects on our Guidelines and Templates page.


The EIF currently supports 48 LDCs and 3 graduated countries.

“ The EIF has a unique strategy of being a catalyst for projects, which in turn helps other donors and the government realize the benefits of trade. As a specific example, the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project (funded by the EIF and other partners) will enable local businesses to capture increased benefits of tourism, by improving the infrastructure for locals and tourists alike, boosting sustainable and inclusive development.”

Vanuatu, Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman

“ Through the EIF Programme's unique support, we have the opportunity to truly exercise and benefit from the principle of country ownership defined in the Paris Declaration of Aid and Effectiveness. The MoIC made the unprecedented decision to conduct its own DTIS - something never done before accomplished "in house" by our government.”

Lao PDR, H.E. Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce

“ Through the EIF, trade has emerged as a growth factor in Guinea contributing to poverty reduction, empowerment of rural women and strengthening of the capacity of human resources, including of young people, for a better future.”

Guinea, Minister of Trade, Marc Yombouno