How We Work

EIF provides tailored support to the 51 poorest countries in the world.

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 create the kinds of jobs that lift people out of poverty and spur sustainable economic development. EIF's unique approach guarantees full LDC ownership, with the majority of projects co-financed by the countries themselves.

Our Approach

The EIF delivers various interventions at various stages, all designed to assist an LDC to integrate trade into its development strategy.

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.

EIF’s analytical work allows partner agencies and in-country stakeholders to harmonize their trade efforts to best support poverty reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Institutional support

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

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Enhancing trade sectors

Based on the evidence provided by EIF's in-country trade research and analysis, catalytic injections of funds are made to key sectors for maximum impact.

Learn more about how to apply for a Productive Capacity Building projects

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