How DFID works with multilateral agencies to achieve impact

The Department for International Development (DFID) spends almost two thirds of its budget through multilateral agencies. This review considers how well DFID engages with them to achieve impact.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 11 June 2015
  3. Type: Other
  4. Subject: Multilateral spend
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Burma, Madagascar, Uganda, Vietnam
  7. Lead commissioner: Mark Foster


The Department for International Development (DFID) depends greatly on the multilateral system to achieve results. Multilateral agencies are able to deliver  on a large scale and have widespread legitimacy to lead and co-ordinate development and humanitarian assistance. DFID is well respected as a funder and has significant influence in the multilateral system. In 2013-14 DFID spent almost two-thirds (£6.32 billion) of its budget through multilateral agencies and many agencies depend on DFID as their largest funder.

Our review of DFID’s work with multilateral agencies considers how well DFID leverages and engages with multilateral agencies to make a difference to the lives of people living in poverty. Overall, we awarded a green-amber score. We also made seven recommenations.


Review publication

Published 11 June 2015

Government response

Published 3 July 2015

ICAI follow-up

Published 21 June 2017