Funding to UNICEF

UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions to uphold our mission of reaching every child.

Resources to UNICEF’s programmes come from the voluntary contributions of governments, intergovernmental organizations, foundations, the private sector and individuals. UNICEF relies on this mixture of robust funding sources to uphold our mission of realizing the rights of every child, especially the most vulnerable.

Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, our strategic plan365体育娱乐官网 aims to strengthen coherence in partnerships and in the delivery and measurement of outcomes. We work closely with partners on effective funding arrangements to ensure each dollar goes further to support children around the world.

Resources to UNICEF take the form of direct or indirect funding, people (volunteers, consultants and seconded personnel), partnerships, equipment and other in-kind donations. Our funding is categorized by:

  1. Regular Resources
  2. Other Resources (regular)
  3. Other Resources (emergency)

Pooled Funding – which covers Thematic Funding365体育娱乐官网, joint programmes and trust funds – is an integral part of Other Resources. Multi-year funding of all types allows UNICEF to improve the design and implementation of our programmes, increase the visibility of our advocacy efforts, and lower operational costs to deliver higher social returns on investment.


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UNICEF total revenue by partner type, 2014–2018

In 2018, UNICEF’s total revenue1 was US$6.7 billion. The public sector contributed the largest share: US$5 billion from government, inter-governmental and inter-organizational partners, as well as Global Programme Partnerships. The private sector contributed US$1.5 billion from National Committees365体育娱乐官网, UNICEF Country Office fundraising and non-governmental organizations.

Our top three resource partners in 2018 (by contributions received2365体育娱乐官网) were the Governments of the United States of America (US$751 million), the United Kingdom (US$538 million) and Germany (US$450 million). The National Committees of the United States (US$274), Japan (US$121) and the Republic of Korea (US$115) were the top three private-sector partners.

With this support, UNICEF delivered life-changing outcomes for children across the Sustainable Development Goals.

Results for children


1Revenue: The UNICEF policy for recognizing revenue from voluntary contributions was revised effective 2017. Under the previous policy, UNICEF recognized revenue based on payment plan due dates included in the resource partner agreements. Under the new policy, revenue is recognized in full, including for multi-year contributions, at the time the agreement is signed with the partner.

2Contributions received are cash and contributions in kind received from resource partners within a calendar year.

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