As the “Decade of Action” begins, the world needs an effective multilateral development
finance system to deliver on the promises of the 2030 Agenda and support the recovery
of developing countries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Even before the crisis,
the system, torn between high expectations and growing criticism of its perceived
lack of accountability and effectiveness, was showing signs of stress.
This report looks at recent trends in the multilateral development system in order
to provide the clearest possible picture to those deciding on its future. It presents
the evolution of multilateral inflows and outflows, and analyses the strategic implications
of the contributions by members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The
report looks at the activities that multilateral organisations finance, and explores
their respective strengths. This year’s edition is supplemented by a series of policy
briefs, as well as online statistics on DAC members’ multilateral contributions, available
in the Development Co-operation Profiles.
Want more detail on the ODA contributions to the multilateral system by the 30 members of the Development Assistance Committee? The fact sheets contain data on both core and earmarked funding to multilateral agencies.