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 part of the COVID-19 response, UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Facility in what is likely to be the world’s largest and fastest ever procurement and supply of vaccines.
UNICEF is poised to help ensure 2 billion vaccine doses are available for delivery by the end of 2021 to ensure safe and equitable delivery in low and middle-income countries. It’s part of UNICEF’s efforts to ensure that the world is an even better and more equitable place to experience childhood than it was before COVID-19.
As of 6 December, US$1.41 billion had been received thanks to contributions from:
|Global Partnership for Education||237.8 million|
|United States||174.2 million|
|United Kingdom||127.8 million|
|Private Sector||122.4 million|
|World Bank||106.5 million|
|European Union||51.7 million|
|United Nations||47.4 million|
|Asian Development Bank||35.6 million|
|Country Based Pool Funds||28.9 million|
|Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)||22 million|
|Education Cannot Wait||12.2 million|
|UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund||10.6 million|
|COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund||10 million|
|Islamic Development Bank||6.2 million|
|Government of China||6 million|
|Saudi Arabia||6 million|
|Republic of Korea||4.6 million|
|New Zealand||3.5 million|
|African Development Bank||3.4 million|
|Global Fund to Fight AIDS||3.1 million|
|Caribbean Development Bank||2.4 million|
|China Ministry of Commerce||1.6 million|
|Inter-American Development Bank||0.7 million|
|Pacific Community||0.5 million|
|United Arab Emirates||0.05 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
Banco de Crédito del Perú
Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
DBS Bank India
EDF Norte Fluminense
EPAM Systems, Inc.
Fundación Leo Messi
Gamers Without Borders
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 30 November, UNICEF had utilized US$1.16 billion for the COVID-19 response, of which US$496.6 million was used for supplies (including PPE, diagnostics and oxygen) and close to US$463.7 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 terms of transfers to implementing partners with funding received against the UNICEF COVID-19 global appeal, 49 per cent of disbursements were transferred to civil society organizations (including 31.5 per cent for national NGOs and community-based organization and 0.5 per cent academic institutions, and 17 per cent for international NGOs), and 51 per cent were transferred to governments.
In addition to funds received, UNICEF has approximately US$163.7 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 Colgate Brasil, G. Barrie Landry, Malwee, 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.
Making history with UNICEF’s partners and donors
UNICEF’s donors and partners are providing vital support in helping supply COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines, treatments and therapeutics to those who need it most.
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: