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The Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)

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The Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) was launched in 2002. Its members are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. Together these donors provide 95 per cent of the global official development assistance (ODA) given to multilateral organisations.

The aim of the Network is to assess and further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of multilateral cooperation. The pooling of resources and political legitimacy by the donor community is highly significant for the assessed organisations.

The MOPAN reports are a basis for measuring the progress made by the organisations in terms of implementing international reform processes and agendas, such as the UN reform or the 2030 Agenda. In addition, donor countries have a tool they can use to make funding decisions based on the efficiency of an organisation and to fulfil accountability obligations towards their national parliaments in a scientific fashion.

In the 2017 to 2018 assessment cycle a total of 14 organisations of relevance for Germany were assessed by MOPAN. They include, for example, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), UN Women, UNESCO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). For this purpose country studies were carried out in the following 13 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia and Turkey.

From 2019 onwards up to ten organisations are to be evaluated within one year. The MOPAN reports cover five so-called "performance areas and use an approach which has been specially developed for these assessments (MOPAN 3.0). The reports can be viewed on the MOPAN website by following this link.

The MOPAN methodology is constantly being further developed in cooperation with the other donors. The stronger focus of the methodology on the SDGs, a move instigated by Germany, for example, is a solid element of this process of further development.

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Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)

1 Palace Street
London SW1E 5HE
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 / 207 / 0 23 00 00
Fax: +44 / 207 / 0 23 00 19


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