Thursday, March 3, 2011

[EQ] Multilateral Aid Review Ensuring maximum value for money UK aid through multilateral organisations - DFID

Multilateral Aid Review Ensuring maximum value for money for

UK aid through multilateral organizations

UK Department for International Development - DFID - March 2011

Available online PDF [232p.] at:

“…..The Multilateral Aid Review was commissioned to assess the value for money for UK aid of funding through multilateral organisations.
Forty-three organizations were assessed.


“……The organisations covered by the review ranged from multilateral development banks to UN specialised agencies, and from development finance institutions to humanitarian organisations. All were assessed against the same set of criteria, interpreted flexibly to fit with their different circumstances, but always grounded in the best available evidence. Together the criteria capture the value for money for UK aid of the whole of each organisation. The methodology was independently validated and quality assured by two of the UK’s leading development experts1.



“….The assessment framework included criteria which relate directly to the focus and impact of an organisation on the UK’s development and humanitarian objectives – such as whether or not they are playing a critical role in line with their mandate, what this means in terms of results achieved on the ground, their focus on girls and women, their ability to work in fragile states, their attention to climate change and environmental sustainability, and their focus on poor countries. These criteria were grouped together into an index called “Contribution to UK development objectives”.


“……The framework also included criteria which relate to the organisations’ behaviours and values that will drive the very best performance – such as transparency, whether or not cost and value consciousness and ambition for results are driving forces in the organisation, whether there are sound management and accountability systems, whether the organisations work well in partnership with others and whether or not financial resource management systems and instruments help to maximise impact. These were grouped together into an index called “Organisational strengths”….”


Executive summary

Chapter 1 – The challenge and case for multilateralism

Chapter 2 – Analytical framework and methodology

Chapter 3 – Thematic findings from the review

Chapter 4 – Value for money for UK aid across the multilateral organisations

Annex 1 Methodology and assessment framework

Appendix 1 Assessment Framework for the Multilateral Aid Review Assessments

Appendix 2 Methodology Note: Construction of Focus on Poor Countries Component

Annex 2 Multilateral Aid Review consultation

Annex 3 Country Visits

Annex 4 Partner country views

Annex 5 External reviewers’ commentary

Annex 6 One page summaries of all 43 assessments

Annex 7 Terms of reference for the review

Appendix 1 Organisations/Funds included in the Multilateral Aid Review

Appendix 2 Terms of Reference for Country Reviews

Appendix 3 Extract from the Coalition Agreement

Appendix 4 Assessment Criteria (update since original ToRs)

Annex 8 Terms of reference for the external reviewers

Principles for UK aid funding - DFID multilateral aid review

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This note explains how we will use the Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) in our approach to making funding decisions and in prioritising our areas of reform

for multilateral organisations.


Principles for UK aid funding

Where multilateral organisations are already demonstrating very good value for money for UK aid we will provide funding through them at levels that are appropriate to their objectives and our ambitions. Our funding to these organisations will not be without strings attached. There is always room for improvement and we will still require strong commitments to even better performance.….”

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