Why do donors delegate to multilateral organisations?

This report examines the drivers of delegation to multilateral organisations in six case study countries.

While noting that the sample is not representative and it covers countries with a variety of characteristics, we find the following:

• Supporting global public goods is a key rationale for delegation.

• Strategic and foreign policy concerns heavily influence delegation decisions.

• Donors appear to delegate to multilaterals who share their priorities rather than to those whose priorities complement their own.

• Delegation decisions are heavily influenced by earlier decisions, leaving limited room for manoeuvre, at least in the short term.

• Donor influence on multilaterals appears to be important for some donors in delegating to some multilaterals, but there is no clear pattern overall.

• The perceived advantages and disadvantages of multilaterals are much less significant than these other drivers, although this may be changing.

• Public and parliamentary opinion is rarely important in the delegation choice.

Download: https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/11088.pdf


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