The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have recently launched their annual publication - 'The Least Developed Countries Report 2015' - which focuses on the theme of 'Transforming rural economies' this year. This report offers detailed socio-economic analysis of the complex issues that the world's most impoverished countries, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), face. The report explores the particularly problematic and catastrophic impacts on the most vulnerable and marginalised.

We have come a far way and have made significant positive changes in people's lives. But we still have a far way to go. 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.