UN Reform and Effectiveness
What Types of Reform Enhance an International Organisation’s Effectiveness?
This project will systematically map reform within six UN agencies over time, and will examine whether there is an observable relationship between different types of international organisation (IO) reform and the IO’s effectiveness.
The project aims to:
The six UN agencies and related organisations are: World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, UN Human Rights Commission/ Council, and International Labour Organisation.
Where existing research focuses on the conditions under which institutions change, this project will assess the relationship between UN agency reforms that have taken place and the organisation’s effectiveness. The United Nations today faces complex, new global challenges. Its ability to adapt and reform to address them will determine not only its own fate as an institution, but also that of the peoples it represents. This project seeks to improve our understanding of the nature and consequences of the United Nations’ varying abilities to reform in order to contribute to enhancing its effectiveness going forward.