• 1966

    UNCDF is established

    UNCDF officially established as "autonomous organization within the United Nations" with the purpose to "assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of grants and loans" .

  • 1973

    Focus on the Least Developed Countries

    Governing Council reorients UNCDF's activities towards "first and foremost the least developed among the developing countries".

  • 1990s

    Local Governments & Microfinance

    UNCDF began to focus on the role of local governments in planning, financing and maintaining capital investments. Also started supporting microcredit institutions, establishing itself as a leader in the field of Microfinance (precursor to Financial Inclusion)

  • 2014

    Strategic Framework 2014-2017

    Capital investment: technical assistance in Local Development Finance and Inclusive Finance. Part of UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

  • 2015

    Growth, Innovation and Partnerships

    31 LDCs covered, responding to emerging development challenges, new development partners: private foundations and corporations.

  • 2016

    13 December 1966: UNCDF's 50th Anniversary

    Commemora­tive events held in 10 countries.

  • 2018

    Strategic Framework 2018-2021

    The Strategic Framework aims to support the achievement of sustainable development goals 1 and 17 in least developed countries by making finance work for inclusion, in collaboration with UNDP and other United Nations partners.

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