The structure of other multilateral organisations particularly the United Nations agencies is different to that of the World Bank and ADB. Many of the main agencies involved in multilateral aid such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are answerable to the General Assembly, in which all member countries participate and have an equal vote. Many are also answerable to the Economic and Social Council which coordinates the economic and social work of UN agencies. However, most of these agencies are largely self-contained with their own executive heads, constitutions, budgets, and representatives from member countries.
Last updated 12 November 2010