Nearly three years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a succession of mutually
reinforcing crises and a challenging global context are putting the multilateral development
system under pressure. Multilateral development finance is stretched across an ever
expanding list of priorities, ranging from humanitarian crisis response to the provision
of global and regional public goods. The urgent nature of these crises requires renewed
efforts to strengthen the financial capacity of the multilateral development system
but should not divert attention from other parts of the reform agenda, such as the
need to reduce the fragmentation of the multilateral architecture.
This third edition of the Multilateral Development Finance report presents recent
trends in multilateral development finance in order to inform decisions by the members
of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on their strategic engagement with
multilateral organisations. It presents an overview of challenges and ongoing reform
efforts, and examines the evolution of financial flows to, and from, multilateral
organisations. The report is supplemented by 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 members of the Development Assistance Committee? The factsheets contain data on both core and earmarked funding to multilateral agencies.