Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations and Agreements

by: Ravi Anupindi

Publication Date: September 28, 2017
Length: 8 pages
Product ID#: 6-548-356

Core Disciplines: Base of the Pyramid, International Business, Negotiations, Social Impact, Strategy & Management

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This conceptual note defines bilateral and multilateral organizations and discusses how each play important roles in global health and international development. The note also analyzes how the conceptual and structural differences between “bilateral” and “multilateral” impact the mission, major activities, and scope of work of these organizations. Understanding such differences between influential organizations in global health will inform creative strategies and choices for tackling major health challenges.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Understand the conceptual and structural differences between bilateral and multilateral organizations.
  • Describe how each organization's structure impacts mission, major activities, and scope of work.
  • Describe the role each type of organization plays in global health and international development.
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each organizational system.