Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for trade-related assistance to LDCs
Development cooperation , 04.03.2021

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for trade-related assistance to LDCs

Description

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a global partnership between the Least Development Countries (LDCs), donors and international organizations whose objective is to support LDCs to benefit from international trade in order to advance sustainable economic growth, create employment and reduce poverty. EIF builds the capacity of trade ministries and strengthens their cooperation with other actors, drafts a roadmap for partner countries to enhance trade potential, helps to integrate trade into national development strategies, acts as an Aid for Trade coordinator at the country level as well as provides seed funding to projects with substantial trade potential. EIF is explicitly mentioned in SDG Target 8.A. The role of EIF in supporting the development of the trade sector of LDCs and integration of LDCs into the global economy is fundamental. Many developing countries, particularly the poorest ones, have not been able to benefit from the opportunities offered by international trade. Their economies are fragile and undiversified, employment opportunities are chronically in short supply and the economies are not in a position to provide adequate welfare for the people. Trade authorities lack strong capacity, trade is not treated as a key pillar of development and the donors' activities are uncoordinated at the country level. The immediate beneficiaries include trade ministries and trade authorities whose capacity increases. The other beneficiaries include trading enterprises whose trade values and number of jobs increase as well as their employees and families. In addition, the donors benefit from more efficient coordination at the country level. EIF has helped micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in LDCs to develop, trade is an integral part of national development strategies, LDCs' trade has grown and become more diversified, enterprises have created jobs and people have earned a living. EIF has also contributed strongly to women's entrepreneurship in the LDC countries in the form of "Empower Women, Power Trade" initiative. Finland has contributed ten million euros to EIF in 2016-2020. This one million euro additional contribution is for 2021.

More information

www.enhancedif.org

Funding decision  04.03.2021

2 000 000 €

Target region

Developing countries

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Trade policy and administrative Management 100%

Type of aid

Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)

Special target group

  • youth

Funding channel

Yhdistyneet kansakunnat

Contact

tuo-10

Code for the object of funding

89892281

ID

UHA2020-007448

Modified

23.03.2021