Aid architecture

Multilateral Aid 2010

Published on May 05, 2011

Also available in: French


More than 200 multilateral donors receive or serve as a channel for 40% of all aid. To help meet the challenge of ensuring effective and co-ordinated multilateral aid efforts, Multilateral Aid 2010 covers trends in and total use (core and non-core) of the multilateral system, with a special focus on trust funds from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank. It explores development perspectives of the climate change funding architecture and provides an overview of the response of multilaterals to the financial and economic crisis.

While the OECD’s annual Development Co-operation Report serves as a key reference for statistics and analysis on the latest trends in international aid, the Multilateral Aid report – as the name implies – takes a specific look at trends in multilateral aid only.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
General trends in the multilateral system and their policy implications
Non-core funding of multilaterals
Non-core funding of UNDP and the World Bank
Development perspectives for a post-Copenhagen climate funding architecture
Developments in the multilateral system in 2009-10
Multilateral strategies and evaluation in 2009-10
Annex A
Annex B
Annex C
Annex D
Annex E
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2011 DAC Report on Multilateral Aid

This third DAC Report on Multilateral Aid covers recent trends in multilateral aid and total use (core and non-core) of the multilateral system. It investigates and highlights how countries make decisions to allocate aid bilaterally or multilaterally, and how they allocate this aid to different multilateral agencies.

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Multilateral aid accounts for over a third of total ODA. The scale at which the multilateral system is used reflects donors’ views of it as an important aid channel. However, a clearer picture of the multilateral system is needed to analyse this channel, and the first ever DAC report on multilateral aid aims to address this gap. The report provides a snapshot of the multilateral aid architecture, from the funding of multilateral organisations by DAC members to their own multilateral aid strategies and policies. The report also highlights issues such as fragmentation, multilateral effectiveness, reform processes and partner country views.


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