The Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) was launched in 2002 as a network of like-minded donor countries for monitoring the performance of multilateral development organisations at the country level. All members have a common interest in knowing more about the effectiveness of multilateral organisations, through joint assessments of these organisations, exchange of information and expertise in monitoring and evaluation.
The Network’s assessments identify strengths and areas for improvement in the multilateral organisations. Findings are used for discussions with the organisations and with their partners, and as ways to further build the organisations’ capacity to be effective. Network members also use assessment findings as a source of input for strategic decision-making about their ways of engaging with the organisations, and as an information source when undertaking individual reviews.
The Network has taken steps over the last years to become more ambitious and professional, with a reshaped assessment approach, more organisations assessed and a permanent Secretariat. This is hosted by the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate in Paris since 2013, through a Memorandum of Understanding on the Hosting Arrangement. The Secretariat is the focal point in the assessment process and other MOPAN activities. Its main objective is to co-ordinate the MOPAN assessments and support the Network and its members.
MOPAN Governance and Funding
Representatives from all member countries come together a few times per year in the meetings of MOPAN's Steering Committee – the Network’s primary decision making body. The Network’s Chair is elected for a period of a calendar year from among the members. The Chair is supported by a Bureau, composed of the outgoing, current and incoming Chair along with the Chairs of MOPAN's two Working Groups, the Technical Working Group (TWG) and the Strategic Working group (SWG).
Each Network member pays an annual equal voluntary contribution to support the costs related to both the delivery of the assessments and other MOPAN products and its Secretariat. MOPAN's annual finances can be accessed in the Annual Reports.
Overview of MOPAN and its actors
The MOPAN 2021 Chairmanship is held by Canada and represented by Ms. Tara Denham, Director General of Global Affairs Canada’s Evaluation and Results Bureau, and the departmental Head of Evaluation. The Chair is supported by the Bureau comprising of Japan (2020 Chair), Canada (2021 Chair), Switzerland (incoming 2022 Chair), and the Chair of the Technical Working Group (currently held by a representative from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - SIDA).