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Australian Multilateral Assessment (AMA)

Australia works closely with multilateral organisations to extend the reach of Australia's aid program as their large size enables them to undertake programs on a scale beyond the capacity of bilateral donors such as Australia. Over one third of Australia’s aid budget is currently delivered through multilateral organisations, including United Nations agencies, global funds and the multilateral development banks.  The Government has committed to significantly increase funding to multilateral organisations that are effective and relevant to Australia’s aid objectives.
The Australian Multilateral Assessment (AMA) provides comprehensive evidence of the effectiveness of the Australian aid program’s multilateral partners and their relevance to Australia’s interests.

The AMA delivers on commitments made in An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference—Delivering real results, the Australian Government’s response to an independent review of the Australian aid program. 

We will use this information to ensure we are getting value for money from our multilateral funding.

The policy implications of the AMA will be taken forward through the Multilateral Engagement Strategy due for finalisation in June 2012.

The report

The AMA report draws together a range of findings on the effectiveness of Australia’s multilateral partners. It also analyses the implications of these findings for future policy engagement. The AMA includes summary assessments for each of the 42 multilateral organisations assessed. The report concludes with recommendations for an ongoing reporting system to help track multilateral effectiveness.

Supporting the summaries in the report are 42 full assessments that provide a more comprehensive analysis of the performance of individual multilateral organisations.

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Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013