Policy paper

Multilateral Aid Review Update 2013

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

DFID has undertaken a MAR Update to scrutinise the improvements multilateral organisations have made since 2011.


The MAR Update, which was completed in 2013, assessed the progress of the multilateral organisations in addressing these reform priorities. It shows that all multilateral organisations have improved, although there is still more to do. There has also been good progress across many multilateral organisations on important issues such as financial resources management, partnership behaviour, and contribution to results. However, more effort is needed in the areas of gender, transparency and accountability, and cost and value consciousness.

Our work on multilateral effectiveness does not end with this MAR Update. Tackling critical reforms, together with our partners, will be a key priority for the UK over the next few years. Subsequently a full reassessment will be carried out to assess value for money through a MAR in 2015.

DFID’s significant investment in multilaterals is a core part of our work to end the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. This investment is being subjected to the same transparent and thorough assessment of value for money as our other spend and activity.

DFID undertook the Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) in 2011 as the start of a more systematic examination of strength and weaknesses across the multilateral system. The review confirmed the important role that multilaterals play in supporting the UK to meet its development and humanitarian objectives. It also identified areas of reform that need to be addressed to strengthen their efficacy in delivering aid programs.

The full report sets out the main findings and detailed analysis.

We also publish here the summary assessments for each multilateral organisation included in the MAR Update. These are based on longer full assessments which have also been shared with the multilateral organisations. Some of the multilateral agency responses refer to these longer assessments as well as to the summaries. The full assessments are available on request by contacting Rachel Arrundale.

Please note: Correction: on the first page GPE should be referred to as the Global Partnership for Education

See other MAR documents, including summary assessments, agency responses and previous reports.