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Multilateral assistance

Besides financing bilateral projects for the benefit of partner countries, the line institutions which participate at RoAid contribute to the global efforts of alleviating poverty by channeling multilateral assistance. Multilateral assistance incorporates core contributions which are not directed towards funding an individual project, but are intended for use by the receiving international organization and channeled to activities requiring financial assistance or to certain generic activities (e.g. contribution to funds managed by international organizations or institutions, such as European Commission or UN agencies).


Why multilateral assistance?

  • In many areas of international development, international organizations and agencies have a larger experience and expertise and can assist those in need more efficiently. By channeling assistance through those agencies, RoAid can increase its reach and impact.
  • Channeling multilateral assistance (for example towards United Nations Agencies, European Union programmes), is an efficient instrument for Romania to fulfill its international engagements and contribute towards the financing of priority sectors reflected in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

What areas?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs approves the areas of the multilateral assistance channeled from its own budget. For the period 2011-2015 the topics are:

Which institutions receive multilateral assistance?

The European Union

By joining the European Union, Romania became part of the group of states which offer more than half of the development assistance at global scale. As an EU member, Romania contributes to the European Commission Development Fund and to the 10th European Development Fund, and actively participates to the design of the European development cooperation policy.

The contribution to the EU is channeled by the Ministry of Public Finance and represents a significant part of the total volume of assistance channeled by Romania:

Other organizations and agencies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers multilateral assistance from the special budget for financing development cooperation. Among recipient organizations which have been constantly financed are: United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Refugee Agency. In order to ensure the predictability of the contributions, the MFA signed an agreement with UN Refugee Agency in Romania in 2011.

The MFA also offers multilateral assistance to United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees, United Nations Women, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Council of Europe.

(You can find the detailed list of contributions in the National report on the Official Development Assistance provided by Romania). 

For promoting their development cooperation objectives and contribute to the global effort to alleviate poverty, line institutions who participate at RoAid channel multilateral contributions to international organizations and agencies.

Is responsible with multilateral contributions to the International Organization for Migration. Between 2011 and 2014 these contributions amounted to EUR 243,000. 

Between 2011 and 2014 the Ministry of health has granted EUR 2.6 mil. in multilateral contributions to the United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO Convention on Tobacco Control. 

Between 2011 and 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change contributed EUR 1.2 mil. to international organizations and conventions: United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Environment Programme, RAMSAR Convention on wetlands, UN Convention to Combat Desertification. 

Between 2011 and 2014, contributed approx. EUR 2 mil. to the: International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (OEPP), UN Organization for Food and Agriculture.

The Ministry of Culture is responsible with the contributions to UNESCO. These contributions amounted to EUR 1.3 mil. between 2011 and 2014. 

Find out more about the organizations which receive multilateral assistance from Romania. 




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