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Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for Trade-Related Assistance for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

A woman churns leaves into paste (photo credit: EIF)The World Bank has long been an important provider of assistance to help developing countries use trade as a vehicle for economic growth and poverty reduction. In 1997, the Bank became a founding member of the Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance (IF), an initiative that the Bank continues to support as a core agency following the latter’s strengthening in 2006 into the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). The EIF includes increased funding, the creation of a secretariat (housed at the WTO), strengthened in-country capacity, and more formalized operating procedures. It assists Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to more fully benefit from the use of international trade to support their economic growth and poverty reduction strategies and programs, as well as to benefit from donor harmonization. As part of this initiative, the World Bank has undertaken and continues to undertake a large number of trade-related studies.    



The EIF is a multi-donor program, which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. In this way, the program works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty.

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Where the EIF Works

The EIF operates in 46 LDCs and two graduated countries. View the EIF countries here.

Who the EIF Works With

The program is supported by a multi-donor trust fund with contributions from 23 donors


The EIF program also works with six core partner agencies, including the IMF, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, the World Bank and the WTO, with UNIDO as an observer agency.


Students diligently attend to their schoolwork (photo credit: EIF)

How the EIF Works                                

The EIF is currently supporting EIF countries with institutional capacity building and addressing supply-side constraints to trade through small scale priority projects.  


The EIF has two funding facilities available under Tier 1 and Tier 2 Projects:


Tier 1 Projects

The first stage of the program provides the key trade-enabling building blocks for countries to work through how to prioritise actions needed to promote economic growth and sustainable development. The resulting diagnostic trade integration studies provide a common platform for government, civil society, private sector and development partner stakeholders to buy-in and own the trade and development track a country is moving down to secure a strong trading future.


Building on strong in-country partnership, outreach and advocacy from the initial process, the EIF focuses on mainstreaming trade into national development plans, strengthening trade institutions and building capacity needed to roll out coordinated trade and development assistance. The cornerstone of his mainstreaming process is the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS).


Pre-DTIS Guidelines |  DTIS Explanatory Note  |  Tier 1 Guidelines  |  Fiduciary Annex 


Tier 2 Projects

The EIF works to support catalyst projects to overcome supply-side constraints to trade and help develop a strong and sustainable basis for export growth.


Tier 2 Guidelines 



Results on the Ground                                                                                                          

 A seamstress hard at work (photo credit: EIF)

EIF country profiles: 


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(All profiles also available in French)




View the latest EIF film:

EIF Film, "Trade Works. Boosting livelihoods, building futures" (English version)

Film sur le CIR, 'Le commerce à l'œuvre: qualité de vie, perspectives d'avenir' (French version)


 Photos courtesy of Enhanced Integrated Framework



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