10 year plan to pull poorest countries out of poverty

A 10 year plan to help the world's 48 poorest countries break out of poverty is due to be announced on Friday at an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

The so-called Istanbul Programme of Action is expected to focus on a larger role for the private sector and a recommitment from developed nations to honour aid pledges.

Daniel Dickinson reports from Istanbul.

The deal made at this United Nations-backed week-long conference on the Least Developed Countries or LDCs is expected to give a new impetus to economic and social development in the 48 nations.

The countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa are characterized by extreme poverty, poor governance and inadequate infrastructure.

The private sector will be asked to play a stronger role, providing much needed investment.

And developed nations are expected to recommit to aid targets for the LDCs of up to 0.2% of national income.

Daniel Dickinson in Istanbul

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