UNICEF civil society partnerships
Reaching every child requires trusted partners on the ground.
UNICEF’s relationships with civil society organizations enable us to reach children with life-saving help and hope. Across more than 190 countries and territories, our civil society partners offer a broad range of expertise and experience, working with us to bring children the nutrition, education, protection, and safe water and sanitation they need – even in the world’s toughest places.
Who we partner with
The civil society organizations (CSOs) that partner with UNICEF are a diverse group of associations independent of the public and for-profit sectors and designed to advance collective interests. They include:
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Service organizations and clubs
- Faith-based and religious organizations
- Membership-based organizations
- Universities, think tanks and research institutes
- Diaspora organizations
- Women's organizations
- Social movements
- “Sports for development” organizations
Why we're stronger together
UNICEF relies on civil society organizations to meet communities where they are. Working hand-in-hand with families and community decision makers, CSOs act on their behalf, mobilizing public opinion and building momentum for change. With their local connections and knowledge, CSOs are trusted advocates for the most underserved.
We couldn't reach the number of children we do without them. Across more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF partners with civil society organizations to deliver the education, health, and protection services children need to grow up happy and healthy.
We convene diverse stakeholders around the issues that affect children's rights – matching national policymaking with community priorities, and local needs with global resources.
How to partner with us
Become a funding partner
UNICEF funding partners invest in the change they deem most critical for children: Some support emergency humanitarian responses. Others, a specific region or programme. And many are committed to eradicating a disease, like polio. However you want to partner with us, we're ready to get to work.
Become a programme implementation partner
Partnering with UNICEF opens new opportunities for CSOs to pilot innovative approaches, expand programming and grow knowledge in various fields. Our partners may also benefit from additional financial resources mobilized from governments and private sector donors to strengthen services that meet children’s needs.
Become an advocate
Help us reach the right people with the right message. Civil society organizations have the expertise and trust to represent the communities they serve. UNICEF has the platform to align local needs with global support. Let's come together to influence decision makers and change public policy for children.