UK investment in the world’s poorest countries has fallen by 30%

New data released by the Office for National Statistics, following a request from Development Monitor, shows that:

  • The UK’s outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) position in Least Development Countries (LDCs) fell 29.5% from 2014 to 2015
  • There was a net disinvestment of £2.7 billion by UK companies in those countries 2015
  • UK FDI in LDCs accounted for less than 1% of the UK’s total outward FDI position in 2015

Over the same period, the UK’s total outward FDI positions (in all countries) fell slightly (2.5%) from £1,078.7 billion in 2014 to £1,052.1 billion in 2015.

Find out more about the UK’s interactions with Least Developed Countries using our financial flows and trade dashboards.

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New analysis of UK trade with developing countries

Development Monitor has launched a new trade dashboard which explores the UK’s trade with developing countries and shows the importance of this trade for both the UK and people in developing countries.

The dashboard supports Development Monitor’s submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Trade out of Poverty inquiry on Commonwealth countries and its submission to the International Trade Committee inquiry into trade with developing countries.

The dashboard helps to answer questions like:

  • Which developing countries are most dependent on the UK as an export market?
  • How important is trade with the UK for Commonwealth developing countries?
  • What are the top developing country markets for UK goods and services exports?
  • Do developing countries that have signed up to a Economic Partnership Agreement export more to the UK than those that haven’t?

If you find the dashboard useful, or have suggestions for new features, please get in contact.

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Upgraded tool available for analysing financial flows between the UK and developing countries

Our data dashboard has been upgraded to allow you to analyse trends in financial flows between the UK and groups of developing countries.

You can explore trends in financial flows for different regions – for example South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa; different income levels – for example all low income countries; or other categories such as Least Developed Countries, or the top 20 recipients of UK aid.

This means you can easily answer questions such as what are the trends in financial flows between the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa? 


If you then want to explore UK imports from Sub-Saharan Africa in more detail, Development Monitor can immediately show how imports have varied by country over the last few years and map out imports for a year of choice.

Alternatively you can answer quickly questions about trends in flows between the UK and different categories of countries, such as what are the trends in remittances from the UK to the Least Developed Countries?

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