UNICEF Bulgaria Annual report 2022

See the results we achieved for the children, together with our donors and partners

Sylvia walking in the yard of the family house
UNICEF Bulgaria/2022/Milkova


In 2022, we faced multiple challenges and crises in Bulgaria and around the world: a worsening climate crisis, natural disasters, armed conflicts, displacement and other humanitarian emergencies which are depriving children’s health and well-being. The war in Ukraine devastated the lives of millions of children and their families and triggered an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. Together with the Government and local authorities, UN agencies, partners, diplomatic community, EU institutions, non-governmental organizations,
media, and corporate partners, UNICEF continued to invest in and support various programmes and models of services for children and families in Bulgaria with a focus on the most vulnerable – children at risk of poverty and social exclusion, children with disabilities, children at risk of abandonment, victims of violence, children without access to education, children in conflict with the law, refugee children including unaccompanied children and children separated from their families. 

In the last year of the UNICEF Bulgaria Country Programme
2018–2022, the focus remained on the following key
programme areas, including:
1. Child poverty;
2. Early Childhood Development;
3. Inclusive Education and Early Learning;
4. Violence prevention, protection of victims and access to justice for all children;
5. Mental Health and Youth Empowerment;
6. Partnerships for monitoring, communication and promotion
of child rights in Bulgaria and globally;
7. In addition, in 2022 the emergency response to the Ukraine
refugee crisis was added to UNICEF’s programme priorities.