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.