UK Multilateral Aid Review
Renewed and robust support for the principle of multilateralism and multilateral institutions is absolutely essential, especially by a country as significant in international development as the UK. Oxfam supports multilateral aid remaining at around the current level of UK overall ODA. The Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria has a proven track record of results-oriented delivery, saving over 5 million lives since its inception. Oxfam believes strong continued UK support for the Global Fund is essential. As part of the replenishment process in 2010 the UK should contribute its share – £840m. Oxfam supports the UK’s continued financing of the World Bank International Development Association (IDA). Within IDA, Oxfam supports comprehensive reform and rationalisation of the Country Policy Institutional Assessment (CPIA) to focus on fewer, and only poverty-focused, outcomes. Oxfam research has shown aid delivered by the European Commission (EC), and in particular its budget support, to represent some of the best multilateral aid in the world. One vital part of the UK’s humanitarian assistance should be substantial funding for the relevant UN organisations. Through that funding, the UK can leverage important improvements in UN performance.
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