In 2011-12, 44 percent (£3.4bn) of DFID’s total programme expenditure
was delivered through central or core funding to multilateral
organisations (MOs), of which £225m was distributed to UN and
Commonwealth organisations. Given the UK's commitment to achieve the
best results and value for money, it is essential that the MOs that DFID
funds are as efficient and effective as possible.
This study set out to address the primary question: What are the most
effective means of achieving organisational change within the UN and
Commonwealth agencies? The study was designed to draw on what is known
more generally about organisational change, review the available grey
literature on change processes in the multilateral system, and thus draw
specific conclusions that result in improved understanding of the best
ways to influence desired change among UN and Commonwealth
organisations. The study findings will be used to help DFID's UN and
Commonwealth Division (UNCD) refine its overall Theory of Change and
thus its engagement and influencing strategies for each agency.
The research comprised a desk review, using robust and systematic
methods to draw out findings from the available literature. It aimed to
identify major examples of organisational change that have happened in
UN and Commonwealth agencies and look at the causes or factors that were
important in prompting these. It focused on the types of organisational
changes particularly relevant to the reforms that DFID is seeking to
influence (for example, improved results from these agencies, greater
cost consciousness, or better strategic and performance management).
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the methodology adopted
and the evidence obtained, and outlines the main implications of the
findings of the study for UNCD. Critical substantiating information has
been included in the annexes.
Coffey International Development. Main Report (Final Draft) UN and Commonwealth Reform Study. Coffey International Development, London, UK (2013) 62 pp.
Main Report (Final Draft) UN and Commonwealth Reform Study