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Investing in UNCDF: LDC Investment Platform

  • The LDC Investment Platform– through grants, reimbursable grants, loans, and guarantees – provides seed funding to investments in LDCS that are deemed too small or too risky by traditional investors. This works to de-risk and “prime the pump” for domestic and foreign investors to participate in local initiatives.
  • This platform allows the greatest flexibility for UNCDF to apply the optimal funding instrument for each business need, and to crowd in domestic and international investment.
  • The primary development objective is to increase the number and sustainability of new and existing financially viable, innovative development initiatives, through UNCDF programmes and projects.
  • It encourages public and private investors to supply investment financing for the consolidation and scale-up of economic initiatives with a proven development impact.

UNCDF’s four window funding architecture provides maximum flexibility for contributing partners and is designed to allow robust and scaled-up programming in up to 40 LDCs:


allows strategic and integrated country presence in LDCs and supports governments in their Agenda 2030 commitments

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Last Mile Finance Trust Fund

provides the most flexible non-core resources enabling UNCDF to allocate based on its strategic priorities

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Earmarked Non-Core

is currently the largest source of UNCDF’s annual income

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LDC Investment Platform

provides seed funding to investments in LDCs, deemed too small or too risky by traditional investors

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