Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response: Donors and partners
UNICEF is working with the generous support of partners to support children and families affected by COVID-19.
UNICEF has updated its appeal to $1.93 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
In line with the July COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan update, UNICEF has also reviewed and revised its Humanitarian Action for Children appeal requirements. To meet the needs in 155 countries and territories until the end of the year, the UNICEF appeal has been increased to US$1.93 billion. Of this amount, US$923 million is part of the revised Global Humanitarian Response Plan supporting 67 countries outlined in the joint plan.
Contributions at the global level allow UNICEF to respond rapidly and strategically to where the needs are greatest. They give UNICEF the greatest level of flexibility to deliver timely and effective assistance to the most vulnerable children in partnership with UN agencies, governments and the private sector. *
As of 26 October, US$1.18 billion had been received thanks to contributions from:
|Global Partnership for Education||233.4 million|
|United States||162 million|
|United Kingdom||121.1 million|
|Government of Japan||112.2 million|
|Private Sector||105.4 million|
|World Bank||82.2 million|
|European Union||53.8 million|
|Government of Germany||52.9 million|
|Asian Development Bank||31 million|
|Country Based Pool Funds||28.3 million|
|Government of Canada||26.1 million|
|Government of Sweden||23.6 million|
|United Nations||21.9 million|
|Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)||19.2 million|
|Government of Denmark||12.3 million|
|Education Cannot Wait||12.2 million|
|UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund||10.2 million|
|COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund||10 million|
|Government of the Netherlands||8.4 million|
|Government of Australia||8.1 million|
|Saudi Arabia||6 million|
|Government of Switzerland||5.1 million|
|Republic of Korea||4.6 million|
|Government of France||4.6 million|
|Government of Luxembourg||3.8 million|
|Government of New Zealand||3.5 million|
|African Development Bank||3.4 million|
|Global Fund to Fight AIDS||3.1 million|
|Government of Ireland||3.1 million|
|Government of Norway||3.1 million|
|Government of Austria||1.9 million|
|China Ministry of Commerce||1.6 million|
|Government of Finland||1.1 million|
|Inter-American Development Bank||0.7 million|
|Pacific Community||0.5 million|
|Government of Poland||0.4 million|
|Government of Bulgaria||0.06 million|
|Government of Portugal||0.06 million|
|United Arab Emirates||0.05 million|
|Government of Malta||0.03 million|
|Government of Spain||0.02 million|
As an organization funded entirely by voluntary donations, UNICEF relies on support from the private sector as a core source of income. During emergencies, that need is even greater and more urgent.
Included in the private sector contributions to UNICEF’s COVID-19 response listed above are financial and/or in-kind contributions from the following corporate partners, foundations and leadership giving from individuals:
Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation
Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
DBS Bank India
EDF Norte Fluminense
EPAM Systems, Inc.
Fundación Leo Messi
ICT Ibérica- Foxy
IKEA Services India Private Limited
Latter-day Saint Charities
Nitto Denko Corporation
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Original BUFF SA
P&G Always Pakistan
P&G South Africa
Pan American Silver
Plum Spring Foundation
Pooja Bhandari and Caesar Sengupta
Poul Due Jensen Foundation
Rebecca Yale's Stay In Speak Out Campaign
S&P Global Foundation
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Swedish Postcode Lottery
Termoverde Caieiras (Solví Group)
The First Ukrainian International Bank
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Wings Group Indonesia
With the increasing spread of the pandemic and the complex global crisis due to COVID-19, UNICEF requires, now more than ever, flexible and timely funding so that we can be allocated quickly to where it is most needed. In this regard, UNICEF is grateful to resource partners such as DFID, Germany, the Central Emergency Relief Fund, the US Fund for UNICEF, the COVID-19 Solidarity Recovery Fund, Denmark, the Japan Committee for UNICEF, Sweden, Australia and private sector, which have contributed in flexible or softly earmarked funding towards the COVID-19 response.
UNICEF works with experts in its headquarters and regional offices, to prioritize these flexible funds for the COVID-19 response in real time to where the needs are most acute. Factors include: high rates of transmission/cases or high risk due to contextual factors, including high density urban slums, and presence of highly vulnerable populations (e.g. refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons); countries with weak health systems; available funding including funding in the pipeline; and assessment of the capacity of the government and/or partners to respond to the crisis.
Utilization of funds
As of 1 October, UNICEF had utilized US$852.7 million for the COVID-19 response, of which US$380.2 million was used for supplies(including PPE, diagnostics and oxygen) and close to US$309.4 million was transferred and committed to implementing partners. This utilized amount includes funds received against the COVID-19 HAC appeal as well as other sources of funding such as regular resources and repurposed to support the response.
In addition, UNICEF was able to utilize approximately US$70.8 million of regular resources to ensure effective response on the ground. Flexible resources remain critical to UNICEF’s and its partners’ ability to respond effectively and efficiently to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In terms of transfers to implementing partners with funding received against the UNICEF COVID-19 global appeal, 45 per cent of disbursements were transferred to civil society organizations (including 28 per cent for national NGOs and community-based organization and 1 per cent academic institutions, and 17 per cent for international NGOs), and 55 per cent were transferred to governments.
In addition to funds received, UNICEF has approximately US$247.1 million in firm commitments from, and partnerships with, public and private sector actors, including Canada, the EU, Germany, the UK, World Bank, as well as Bayer Brazil, G. Barrie Landry, Gamers Without Borders, Pampers France, Pandora and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
With this generous support and timely funding, UNICEF staff members worldwide are working around the clock to:
- Provide lifesaving information about handwashing and sanitation
- Supply personal protective equipment including gowns, masks, goggles and gloves, and other essential supplies
- Distribute emergency education kits and distance learning opportunities
- Support affected children with psychosocial counselling
*Data on funds received and utilized for the UNICEF COVID-19 response are provisional and subject to change.