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 appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
To meet the growing needs of children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has expanded its Humanitarian Action for Children appeal to US$1.6 billion, of which US$802.2 million is the UNICEF input into the revised US$6.7 billion Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP). The UNICEF COVID-19 appeal is aligned with the key priorities outlined in the GHRP and the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Response Plan. As UNICEF is present in both humanitarian and development contexts, the revised appeal covers the UNICEF response to global COVID-19 humanitarian needs in 155 countries and territories, including the 63 outlined in the GHRP.
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 29 June, US$720.2 million had been received thanks to contributions from:
|Resource partner||Donation (US$)|
|Global Partnership for Education||143 million|
|Government of Japan||112.2 million|
|United Kingdom||97.9 million|
|United States of America||85.4 million|
|Private Sector||52.1 million|
|World Bank||48.8 million|
|Government of Germany||36.4 million|
|Asian Development Bank||19.7 million|
|Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)||16 million|
|UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund||10.9 million|
|Government of Denmark||10.8 million|
|COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund||10 million|
|Education Cannot Wait||9.6 million|
|Government of the Netherlands||8.4 million|
|Government of Australia||6.7 million|
|Country Based Pooled Fund||6.2 million|
|Government of Canada||4.1 million|
|Government of Sweden||4 million|
|European Union||3.7 million|
|Republic of Korea||3.4 million|
|Government of New Zealand||3.3 million|
|World Health Organization||3 million|
|Government of Switzerland||2.6 million|
|Government of Ireland||2.2 million|
|China Ministry of Commerce||1.6 million|
|Government of Luxembourg||1.3 million|
|United Nations (UN)||0.8 million|
|UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office||0.6 million|
|Government of Poland||0.2 million|
|Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF||0.1 million|
|International Online Donations||0.1 million|
|Government of Portugal||0.1 million|
|Government of Malta||0.01 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:
- AbbVie Inc.
- Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation
- Augustinus Foundation
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
- DBS Bank India
- EDF Foundation
- EDF Norte Fluminense
- EPAM Systems, Inc
- Facebook, Inc.
- FIA Foundation
- Formula E
- Fundação Vale
- Gemini Energy
- Grupo Puntacana
- ICT Ibérica- Foxy
- IHS Nigeria Ltd
- ING Spain
- Jeremy Lin
- Kwok Foundation
- La Liga
- Latter-day Saint Charities
- LEGO Foundation
- Lojas Americanas
- Lou Scharpf
- Medtronic Foundation
- Newcrest Mining
- Nitto Denko Corporation
- Novo Nordisk Foundation
- Omega Energia
- Plum Spring Foundation
- Pooja Bhandari and Caesar Sengupta
- Poul Due Jensen Foundation
- Prudential Financial
- Rebecca Yale's Stay In Speak Out Campaign
- S&P Global Foundation
- Springs Capital
- Standard Chartered
- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
- Swedish Postcode Lottery
- The First Ukrainian International Bank
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Visa Foundation
With the continuing spread of the pandemic and the complex global crisis, UNICEF requires, now more than ever, flexible and timely funding that can be allocated quickly to where it is most needed. UNICEF would like to particularly highlight the contributions from resource partners like Canada, Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Denmark, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and key private sector donors that have provided flexible funding to the global COVID-19 response.
UNICEF works with experts in its headquarters and regional offices to prioritize these flexible funds in real time and ensure they go where the needs are most acute. Factors include: areas of 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.
In addition to funds received, UNICEF has approximately US$379 million in commitments from, and partnerships with, public and private sector actors, including the United States of America, the Netherlands, European Union, France, as well as AstraZeneca, Bayer Brazil, G. Barrie Landry, Gamers Without Borders, Original BUFF SA, Pandora, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, UPS, Vodafone and Xylem.
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
In addition, UNICEF has allocated US$8.5 million from its Emergency Programme Fund, a loan mechanism supported by Regular Resources, to meet the critical needs and scale up the response until additional funding is secured.