Multilateral Aid 2015

Better Partnerships for a Post-2015 World

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This 2015 OECD report on multilateral aid contributes to the broader debate on how to implement the post-2015 development agenda. It argues that multilateral organisations have a fundamental role to play to forge and strengthen inclusive partnerships that will provide the collective, cross-border solutions needed to eradicate absolute poverty and foster a new era of economic progress, environmental sustainability, and peaceful and inclusive societies. But to be fit for purpose, multilateral organisations will need to implement a challenging reform agenda to both address the unfinished business of internal changes and respond to a fast-changing global environment.

Multilateral Aid 2015 identifies how bilateral providers can support multilateral organisations in implementing the necessary changes and fostering effective partnerships that (i) make best use of all resources available for development, including earmarked funding, and (ii) leverage knowledge and resources from partners beyond the “traditional donors”.

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Executive summary

Funding to multilateral organisations picked up in 2013, reaching an all-time high. After two years of consecutive declines, the use of the multilateral system (core + noncore resources) by the members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) reached a record level of USD 59 billion in 2013. Despite this increase, however, the use of the multilateral system remained at 41% of total gross ODA. Over 60% of these flows went to the European Union, the World Bank Group and United Nations funds and programmes.

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