Inclusive trade that encompasses poor and marginalised groups in particular is the goal of EIF promotion.
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The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a platform where donors and international agencies work with 51 of the world’s poorest countries to promote inclusive development through increased and better trade. Rural areas, and especially the poor and marginalised groups living in them, are often focused on in particular.

The Enhanced Integrated Framework emerged from the initial desire of international agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and others to step up their co-operation, reduce the potential for duplication of efforts and achieve economies of scale in the Least-developed Countries (LDCs). It is based on the principle of partnership, where, by working through a common framework, the development initiatives can be more efficient and effective. The deepening and evolution of the programme since the original “Integrated Framework” has resulted in a country-driven approach that seeks to link trade to national and sector strategies, to establish structures in countries to better co-ordinate between different stakeholders engaged in trade and development, as well as to direct public investments in a systematic and co-ordinated manner.

Supported through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund with contributions of over 300 million US dollars from almost all major donors as well as many emerging donors, the EIF aims to be catalytic through the funding of priority projects.

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