LDC News Service has been created to provide a reference point on the Internet for all media coverage on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which the UN has designated as the 47 poorest, most vulnerable countries in the world. It is designed to improve the level of knowledge about LDCs, and also to contribute to raising the profile of LDC civil society.
LDC News Service consists of a web-portal that brings together opinions, news and information about LDCs and from LDC journalists and produces twice-yearly newsletters on relevant topics to LDCs written exclusively by LDC journalists.
Established after the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (UNLDC-IV) in May 2011, LDC News Service has close links to LDC Watch, the network of NGOs working to improve the situation of LDCs. The LDC News is committed to promote awareness of and commitment towards realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are committed to report and investigate on the impact of climate change, international debt and other structural impediments on the Least Developed Countries.
Besides covering development issues, LDC News Service also covers science, technology, arts, culture and socio-economic issues that affect millions of people in the poor, developing countries. It aims to look at the unequal impact of Covid-19 on the poorer countries and societies. It is also working to raise awareness through various training activities and enhancing the capabilities of journalists. It also organises webinars, virtual conferences and promotes digital collaboration among like-minded organisations and stakeholders keeping in mind the limitations posed by the Covid-19.
It is currently based in London, UK and its Editor is Daphne Davies, who was involved in setting up LDC Watch.
Bhagirath Yogi, who has worked with the BBC World Service for more than two decades, and writes on development and environmental issues, is the Managing Editor.