Bilateral and Multilateral Donors

Bilateral and multilateral donors, like USAID and other providers of development assistance, share decades of development knowledge and expertise and provide billions of dollars to foster self-reliance in developing countries.

The United States works with other partners to tackle the world’s development challenges. When we provide assistance to a developing country or respond to a humanitarian crisis or natural disaster, we do so in concert with countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and Sweden; multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank Group, other Regional Development Banks and the various United Nations agencies; and country partners who may still receive assistance, such as India, South Africa, and Indonesia. By coordinating and working closely with other partners, USAID improves the delivery, impact, and sustainability of development assistance, thereby maximizing development results and promoting the journey to self-reliance.

Collaboration between USAID, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other assistance providers can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Engaging on critical issues affecting U.S. national security

  • Coordinating messaging and outreach to mobilize support

  • Expanding existing programs to new areas or beneficiaries

  • Implementing joint programs through pooled funding arrangements, parallel funding or other mechanisms

  • Building partnership platforms to find solutions that address significant development challenges and foster self reliance.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships or initiatives can include bilateral and multilateral organization donors along with civil society and private sector partners. Engaging in effective multi-stakeholder partnerships allows us to leverage the comparative advantages the knowledge, expertise, resources and capacities of all development actors, which is critical to making developing countries and communities more resilient and self-sufficient.

Last updated: November 15, 2018

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