Published 2017
Rising powers in United Nations development funding – Growing responsibilities, growing engagement?
By Sven Grimm and Zhang Chun

Sven Grimm is a Senior Researcher at The German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik), which is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide.The institute’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice and training.

Zhang Chun is a Senior Researcher and Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.The institute is dedicated to advancing China's knowledge of international affairs, improving its foreign policy-making, and facilitating Shanghai's opening-up and modernisation.

Over the past year we have witnessed multilateralism lose ground in the Western political landscape, particularly in the United States. US President Donald J. Trump’s nationalistic rhetoric indicates a narrow understanding of US priorities at the expense of an international agenda. The announced budget cuts to US foreign policy more broadly, and intended drastic reductions to contributions to the United Nations (UN) more specifically1 , sent a clear message: the US intends to turn priorities away from the UN; managing global governance is no longer a political priority. On top of this, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union might soon limit Britain’s ability to pay.