Multilateral Aid 2015: Better Partnerships for a Post-2015 World

OECD • 15-07-2015
Multilateral Aid 2015: Better Partnerships for a Post-2015 World

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 addresss 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". 

The multilateral system has stood the test of time. Over the past fifty years, it has proven to be resilient and responsive to changing development dynamics and urgent needs, a major source of development expertise and know-how, and a powerful channel for intermediating and allocating resources. As the international community stands on the brink of the post-2015 era, the future role to be played by multilateral organisations could be even more important. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' transformative vision will call for inclusive partnerships that will provide collective, cross-border solutions for readicating absolute poverty and fostering a new era of economic and social progress, environmental sustainability and peaceful and inclusive societies. The multilateral system at large - global, regional, traditional and new - is uniquely equipped to support this agenda. Multilateral organisations are politically neutral conveners of global partnerships, vehicles for upstream pooling of resources, facilitators for multi-stakeholder cross-border orperations and setters of global standards and norms. Further thinking about how to improve the functional features of the interactive relationship between providers, shareholders and the institutions themselves will be necessary. 

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Tags: inclusive partnerships,means of implementation,Post-2015 Development Agenda,Sustainability