Raising the standard: the Multilateral Development Review 2016

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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**Agencies included in the Multilateral Development Review 2016 **

Shown with their common name and/or acronym

African Development Bank (AfDB)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Climate Investment Funds (CIFs)
Commonwealth Secretariat European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
European Commission (EC), specifically:
- Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
- European Development Fund (EDF)
European Commission Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, also known as DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund)
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)
United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNITAID United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Health Organisation (WHO)
World Bank, specifically:
- International Development Association (IDA)
- International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)

Key messages of the Review

  • Following the decision to leave the EU, the UK will be even more engaged internationally. The multilateral system is vital to the UK and global interests and we will continue to be a committed supporter of it.

  • DFID’s multilateral partnerships expand the reach of UK development and mobilise tremendous resources and expertise to tackle global challenges. Our significant relationships with leading multilaterals help ensure Britain stands tall in the world.

  • The Multilateral Development Review systematically assessed the performance of 38 multilateral institutions that the UK funds through DFID.

  • DFID rigorously assessed results and value for money, risk and assurance, transparency and accountability. We asked whether agencies were still relevant for meeting today’s most urgent challenges.

  • This Review set higher standards than the previous Multilateral Aid Review in 2011. The UK is raising the bar, requiring more from our partners by following the money, the people and the outcomes.

  • Most of the international system is performing well. Our multilateral partners ensure that UK development reaches more people, saves more lives and lifts more countries out of poverty.

  • Organisations including the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Global Fund) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (known as Gavi), are achieving exceptional results. The UK will continue to give these agencies strong support, while pressing for even higher standards.

  • By working closely with partners across the multilateral system, we have in recent years seen encouraging improvements in delivery at some agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation and International Organisation for Migration.

  • Many other organisations are doing a good job, but could do even better. We will work closely with them, and with other countries, to raise their performance. We will link up to 30% of our funding to UN development and humanitarian organisations to improved results.

  • A small number of organisations are under-performing, and we are taking immediate action to address this.

  • The Review found that the multilateral system as a whole is falling short of its considerable potential because agencies, and the wider UN family, are not working together. The UK will work with partners to ensure there is less competition and duplication between organisations, and more collaboration and coordination instead.

  • Across all multilaterals, the UK will push for improved transparency, better value for money and greater accountability. As part of this Review, DFID is setting out more requirements for multilateral agencies, including new openness about management and administration budgets. By opening up the books, we will empower people around the world to hold these powerful institutions to account and introduce a clear incentive for them to deliver value for the world’s poorest people.

 The UK will convene and lead a global coalition to support and reform the multilateral system. We will work closely with partners who share our vision of a multilateral system that is even faster, more effective and more efficient.

  • It is because the UK is such a committed champion of the multilateral system that we will press hard for radical action to raise its performance. The world’s poorest people, and our taxpayers, deserve nothing less.