Public Partnerships

Thematic funding

Introduction
Thematic funding budgeting
Three thematic funding levels
‘A guide to UNICEF thematic funding’
Thematic funding reports
Thematic funding donor briefings

 

Introduction

While Core Resources remain the most flexible contributions for UNICEF, thematic Other Resources (OR) are the second-most efficient and effective contributions to the organization. Thematic funding is allocated on a needs basis, and allows for longer-term planning and sustainability of programmes. A funding pool has been established for each of the Strategic Plan 2014-17 outcome areas as well as for humanitarian action and gender. Resource partners can contribute thematic funding on the global, regional or country level.

The five Focus Areas articulated in the UNICEF 2006–2013 Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) and humanitarian response were as follows:

Focus Area 1: Young Child Survival and Development
Focus Area 2: Basic Education and Gender Equality
Focus Area 3: HIV/AIDS and Children
Focus Area 4: Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse
Focus Area 5: Policy Advocacy and Partnerships for Children’s Rights
Humanitarian Action and Post-Crisis Recovery

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Thematic funding budgeting

Contributions from all partners to the same Focus Area are combined into one pooled fund account with the same duration, simplifying financial management and reporting for UNICEF offices. As funds are pooled, UNICEF cannot track individual partners’ contributions. Thematic partners receive one annual consolidated narrative and financial report that is the same for all partners. Due to reduced administrative costs, thematic contributions are subject to a lower recovery cost, compared with the non-thematic contributions.

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Three thematic funding levels

Global – Partners (donors) determine the Focus Area (theme) and allow UNICEF the flexibility to allocate funds for individual country programmes according to priority needs. Headquarters and regional offices can also receive smaller amounts for cross-cutting work, advocacy and programme development in support of country allocations.

Regional – Partners (donors) specify both the Region and Focus Area (theme) where the funds can be utilized. The UNICEF regional office determines which country programmes within the region will receive funding. The regional office is also eligible for a smaller share of these funds.

Country – Partners (donors) stipulate both the Country and Focus Area (theme) where the funds can be utilized. Donors can choose to fund more than one Focus Area or provide thematic funding for the entire country programme and cover all five Focus Areas plus Humanitarian Action and Post-Crisis Recovery.

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‘A Guide to UNICEF thematic funding’

Concise information for donors wishing to learn more about contributing thematic funding to UNICEF

'A Guide to UNICEF Thematic Funding under the Strategic Plan 2014-17' (pdf)

‘A Guide to UNICEF Thematic Funding under the Medium Term Strategic Plan 2006-13’ (pdf)

 

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Thematic funding reports 2013:

Reports (on Reports and Resources Page)

 

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Thematic funding donor briefings

Along with the dissemination of the annual thematic funding reports, briefings are held in New York each year. Following are the presentations from the briefings held 8 September 2014:

Power Point Presentations

Recordings of the sessions

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