DfID Releases First Multilateral, Bilateral Aid Reviews Since 2011

Devex: Winners and losers in DfID’s new Multilateral Aid Review
“The Department for International Development has released its first Multilateral Development Review since 2011, outlining priorities for future multilateral spending and identifying strengths and weaknesses among its 37 multilateral partners. Multilateral organizations the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Caribbean Development Bank took a beating in the spending review, while health-focused organizations including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance drew praise from the agency, which currently spends 40 percent of its 14 billion pound aid budget through multilateral organizations…” (Anders, 12/2).

Devex: What’s missing from DfID’s Bilateral Development Review?
“The U.K. Department for International Development released Thursday its first Bilateral Development Review since 2011, after a yearlong delay. … Despite the relatively unsurprising results, civil society organizations speaking to Devex said this review offers one significant shift from past BDRs. Many development organizations claim the agency left them out of review consultations, a radical departure from the methodology used in the previous BDR in 2011…” (Anders, 12/2).