UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions to uphold our mission of reaching every child.
UNICEF partners closely with other United Nations (UN) entities to help children survive, thrive and fulfil their potential. Together, we coordinate programming and integrate operations to collectively achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Pooled funds – contributed by multiple donors and often earmarked for specific activities – strengthen UN coherence. Additional partnership modalities include UN-to-UN agreements, Central Response Emergency Funds (CERF), Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPF), and Joint Programmes. Joint Programmes pool resources and expertise across the UN system to support national priorities and needs. They involve two or more UN organizations working alongside of (sub-)national governmental partners to advance activities from joint work plans with a common budgetary framework.
In 2019, UNICEF received US$548 million from United Nations partners for development and humanitarian interventions (including through Joint Programmes) – an increase of nearly 10 per cent over 2018. United Nations partnership arrangements have become the second largest funding stream for UNICEF after traditional government partners.
Contributions received1 through inter-organizational arrangements,2 2014–2019
Results for children
1Contributions received, excluding refunds.
2Inter-organizational arrangements include, among others, contributions received through FAO, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNOPS, UNTFHS, UN Women, WFP, WHO, as well as UN Joint Programmes where UNICEF is the Administrative Agent.