Countries in Special Situations: Development Priorities for LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS

In advance of tomorrow’s discussion on the needs of countries in special situations at the sixth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, CIC facilitated a workshop discussion co-hosted by H.E. Mrs. Sofia Mesquita Borges of Timor-Leste and H.E. Mr. Jean-Francis Zinsou of Benin. The workshop brought together a small group of landlocked developing countries, least developed countries, and small island developing states to discuss their priorities in the post-2015 development discussions.

In preparation for the workshop Alastaire Alinsato, Scientific Assistant at the Council of Economic Analysis in the Office of the President of Benin, and Molly Elgin-Cossart, a CIC Senior Fellow, drafted a policy brief on the needs of countries in special situations. The paper reviews common trends in countries in special situations and identifies physical and institutional infrastructures as crucial components of sustainable development.

Alinsato spoke to the group of member states remotely via the video clip below. Here he shares the paper’s highlights and explains the importance of physical and institutional infrastructures to developing nations.

For a more detailed analysis of this topic please see CIC’s policy brief, Needs of Countries in Special Situations: The Time for Priorities and Choices, a Focus on Least Developed Countries.

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Dec 10, 2013
Ashley Skiles