A List of 30+ Multilateral Donors Worldwide

Financiamiento - Cooperacion Internacional

Multilateralism, whether in the form of membership in an alliance or in international institutions, is necessary to bind the great power, discourage unilateralism, and give the small powers a voice and voting opportunities that they would not otherwise have.

A multilateral organisation is an international organisation whose membership is made up of member governments, who collectively govern the organisation and are its primary source of funds. The OECD estimates that in 2008 around 40% of ODA or nearly US$50 billion from DAC countries was channelled through multilateral institutions and funds.

Multilateral aid is generally seen as a less political form of aid than bilateral aid. It pools resources enabling the implementation of large-scale programs that are beyond the capacity of individual donor countries through bilateral aid and can help coordinate donors to address issues at regional and global levels and harmonise their efforts, thereby reducing donor burden in recipient countries.

In this resource guide we have created a list providing information about world’s biggest and best known multilateral donors. Examples include:

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Andean Development Corporation (CAF)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • European Investment Bank

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