21 June 2011

DFID Multilateral Aid Review

Everybody loves a good league table. Via Owen Barder, I just came across DFID's recent review of funding for multilaterals, and its value-for-money ranking. Specially for my Jubafriends at the Church of UNDP-tology, I'll quote their actually pretty reasonable review in full:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a leading role in reaching the MDGs, particularly in fragile and conlict-affected countries. It has a distinct comparative advantage in democratic governance and crisis-prevention and recovery. It has an important role managing the Resident Coordinator system and multi-donor trust funds on behalf of the wider UN development system. UNDP has many strengths, but we also want to see urgent progress in several important areas over the next two years. Top priority is:
  • Improving the consistency of UNDP’s delivery at country level, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected countries. 
  • UNDP to focus more of its efforts on its areas of comparative advantage, especially around crisis prevention and recovery. 
  • Evidence of how UNDP is controlling costs and achieving greater eficiency in its operations and much better reporting of results. 
We will continue to fund UNDP at 2010 levels, closely monitor performance and review progress within two years, when we may increase or decrease our core funding.
 And congrats to Ian.

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