Development Co-operation Directorate


Multilateral Development Finance

Towards a New Pact on Multilateralism to Achieve the 2030 Agenda Together

This report contributes to the broader international debate on why we need multilateralism and how to make it more effective to achieve the 2030 Agenda. At a time when the value of multilateralism is being questioned, the report provides new evidence and recommendations for a new “pact” on multilateralism. This pact would be founded on recognition of the mutual responsibility of sovereign states and multilateral institutions to create a stronger, more effective multilateral system. The report offers a detailed overview of official development assistance (ODA) spending through the multilateral system. This year’s edition introduces three innovations. First, it examines the growing role of China, other sovereign states, philanthropy and the private sector as funders of multilateral organisations. Second, it analyses concessional and non-concessional spending by multilateral institutions, and discusses how multilateral action needs to adapt to the new development agenda. Third, it presents a new multi-dimensional metrics to measure the quality of multilateral funding, using financing to the World Health Organisation as a case study. Building on this evidence, the report outlines policy recommendations that provide a sound basis for principles of good multilateral donorship to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

Published on November 29, 2018

SUMMARIESavailable in 6 languages

English Multilateral Development Finance (Summary in English)
Spanish Financiamiento del Desarrollo Multilateral
German Multilaterale Entwicklungsfinanzierung
Japanese 国際開発金融
Italian Finanziamento multilaterale per lo sviluppo
Portuguese Financiamento Multilateral do Desenvolvimento


Editorial: We need a new pact on good multilateral donorship
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Infographic: New Principles on Good Multilateral Donorship
Key funding trends in the multilateral development system2 chapters available
Funding to the multilateral development system
Funding from the multilateral development system
Towards principles of good multilateral donorship5 chapters available
Good multilateral donorship for the 2030 Agenda
Building an evidence base on policies, decision-making and monitoring practices
Building an evidence base on good multilateral funding
Glossary of the terms used in this report
Country fact sheets: How are DAC members using the multilateral development system?
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