How we work

EIF provides tailored support to the poorest countries in the world, helping them to integrate into regional and global trading systems, create jobs and increase incomes. EIF's unique approach guarantees full ownership by the least developed countries (LDC), with the majority of projects co-financed by the countries themselves.

In its first phase, the programme allocated US$200.6 million to 134 partnerships. Now in its second phase of work, EIF continues to support LDC governments and small businesses to trade, developing the kinds of jobs that improve lives and spur sustainable economic development.

Our approach

EIF works at all stages of the trade journey. The programme offers expert research and analysis that informs policy, government trade facilitation and targeted sector support based on research findings.

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Research and analysis

EIF coordinates essential country-specific trade analysis in the form of Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTIS) and Action Matrices. This evidence-based work helps countries identify priorities to guide their trade agendas, reveals constraints to trade integration, and advises on key action areas.

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Research & Analysis

Institutional support

To assist in-country trade planning and implementation, EIF supports the creation of National Implementation Units (NIUs), which coordinate the delivery of an LDC's trade strategy and policy. These bodies are integral to government operations related to trade.

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Enhancing trade sectors

Based on the evidence provided by EIF's in-country trade research and analysis, injections of funds are made in key sectors – like pashmina in Nepal, mango in Senegal and coconut in Samoa – all aimed at maximum impact.

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