Spain has been showing a strong support for multilateral cooperation in the last decade channeling a big part of its Official Development Assistance (ODA) through multilateral development agencies (OMUDES), especially the agencies of the UN system. The most significant in this respect are the Global Fund to Fight Tuberculosis, Malaria and AIDS and the Spanish Fund for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGF). Between 2009 and 2012 the amount of Spanish aid to the Philippines channeled through OMUDES was 13.7 million euros.
There are three mechanisms in channeling Spanish funding to the Philippines through multilateral means:
- The Spanish Fund - UNDP to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGF in its English acronym), Spain gave 619 million euros worldwide. In the Philippines, as a pilot country (Focus Country), four programs were implemented, in coordination between various agencies of the UN system, totaling 18 million euros. The target areas were: water and sanitation, food security and nutrition, youth and employment and climate change. The MDGF completed in 2013 and the Fund for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGF, in its English acronym) was approved as an extension of the same. Led by UNDP and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Philippines, the project "Promoting water and sanitation: access, integrity, empowerment and resilience" was approved in 2014.
- Multi-bilateral projects, i.e., funded by the AECID bilaterally through international organizations for the Philippines, aimed at different priority areas, especially to support the peace process in Mindanao, the strengthening of indigenous peoples in the Philippines, reproductive health, livelihood generation and others.
- Emergency aid projects funded through specialized agencies FAO, UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, OCHA and IOM, especially those aimed at supporting the conflict-affected population in Mindanao.