Developing Countries


The list of developing countries shown below is adhered to by the ISI, effective from
1 January till 31 December 2014. 

Developing countries are defined according to their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita per year. Countries with a GNI of US$ 11,905 and less are defined as developing (specified by the World Bank, 2012).


You can find the list that was used for 2013 here.


Afghanistan Guatemala Panama
Albania Guinea Papua New Guinea
Algeria Guinea-Bissau Paraguay
American Samoa Guyana Peru
Angola Haiti Philippines
Argentina Honduras Romania
Armenia India Russian Federation
Azerbaijan Indonesia Rwanda
Bangladesh Iran, Islamic Rep. of Samoa
Belarus Iraq Sao Tome and Principe
Belize Jamaica Senegal
Benin Jordan Serbia
Bhutan Kazakhstan Seychelles
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Kenya Sierra Leone
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kiribati Solomon Islands
Botswana Korea, Democ. P. Rep. of Somalia
Brazil Kosovo South Africa
Bulgaria Kyrgyz Republic South Sudan
Burkina Faso Lao People's Democ. Rep. Sri Lanka
Burundi Lebanon St. Lucia
Cambodia Lesotho St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Cameroon Liberia Sudan
Cape Verde Libya Suriname
Central African Republic Macedonia, the F.Y.R. of Swaziland
Chad Madagascar Syrian Arab Republic
China Malawi Tajikistan
Colombia Malaysia Tanzania, United Republic of
Comoros Maldives Thailand
Congo, Democ. Republic of the Mali Timor-Leste
Congo, Rep. Marshall Islands Togo
Costa Rica Mauritania Tonga
Côte d'Ivoire Mauritius Tunisia
Cuba Mexico Turkey
Djibouti Micronesia, Fed. States of Turkmenistan
Dominica Moldova Tuvalu
Dominican Republic Mongolia Uganda
Ecuador Montenegro Ukraine
Egypt, Arab Rep. Morocco Uzbekistan
El Salvador Mozambique Vanuatu
Eritrea Myanmar Venezuela, (Bolivarian Republic of)
Ethiopia Namibia Vietnam
Fiji Nepal West Bank and Gaza*)
Gabon Nicaragua Yemen
Gambia, The Niger Zambia
Georgia Nigeria Zimbabwe
Ghana Pakistan  
Grenada Palau  


*) "Occupied Palestinian Territory"


Countries that are slightly over the amount of US$ 11,905 will be considered a developing country for the year 2014 and their situation will be reviewed for 2015.


The names of the countries are based upon United Nations sources


The designations employed and the presentation of country or area names in this list do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the ISI concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.