Illicit Financial Flows

The urgency for least developed countries is to ratify United Nations Convention against Corruption and customize its provisions by enacting essential legal frameworks, which are more directly relevant to the prevention and sanctioning of illegal financial flows through its strong […]

Post-Istanbul Conference on LDCs–Honing three-pronged approach to combat poverty

The fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) wound up in Istanbul last month with an ambitious goal of halving the number of LDCs, from 48 to 24 within the next decade. To meet that target, the conference conspicuously […]

Mobile penetration in least developed countries soars to 30%

Voice and simple data connectivity in the world’s 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries has risen to nearly 30 percent of the population at the end of 2010 from an average of 1.2 percent 10 years ago, according to the ITU, […]

Goal to halve number of LDCs in next 10 years

  Ahead of next week’s conference in Turkey on the world’s least developed countries, some leading participants outline plans and targets to reduce poverty   Halving the number of least developed countries – the world’s 48 poorest states – in […]

Malawi lays out its agenda at UN development conference

Malawi wants the conference in Istanbul on least developed countries to come up with a bold plan for action and funding to combat poverty Escalating fuel prices, climate change and the impact of the global financial crisis are the challenges […]