Funding for Regular Resources
UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions to uphold our mission of reaching every child.
Regular Resources are unearmarked contributions from partners given without restriction so that UNICEF can allocate them as needed. These resources form the bedrock of UNICEF’s development and humanitarian work, as well as our organizational operations at the global, regional and local levels.
Regular Resources deliver wide-reaching benefits to children by enabling UNICEF to:
- Respond rapidly at the onset of disaster, sending critical supplies and deploying personnel within days.
- Support under-funded programme areas and humanitarian crises.
- Identify emerging technologies and experiment with new approaches to increase access to essential services.
- Reduce administrative and transaction costs that result from operationalizing individual funding grants.
In 2019, income1 from Regular Resources was US$1.371 billion. UNICEF’s top five contributors were the Governments of the United States of America and Germany, and the National Committees of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Spain.
Results for children
In 2019, Regular Resources supported:
Allocation of Regular Resources
Every year, Regular Resources are allocated to the more than 190 countries and territories where UNICEF works. While most of this funding goes directly to life-saving programmes for children, the balance supports the organization’s operations.
Regular Resource funding is allocated to UNICEF country offices based on national child progress indicators, including under-five mortality rates, gross national incomes per capita, and child populations. The UNICEF Executive Board declares that at least 60 per cent of Regular Resource allocations go to least developed countries, and 50 per cent to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. UNICEF’s 2020 Regular Resource allocations can be found here.
Top 10 donors to Regular Resources, 2019
|Rank2||Resource partner||Total US$, millions|
|1||Japan National Committee||118|
|2||United States of America||113|
|3||Republic of Korea National Committee||74|
|5||Spain National Committee||64|
|8||France National Committee||51.6|
|10||Germany National Committee||43|
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1Figures are based on "income," which here represents contributions received from the public sector (see footnote 2) and revenue from the private sector. Revenue is recognized in full, including for multi-year contributions, at the time the agreement is signed with the partner.
2Rankings are by "contributions received," which are cash and contributions in kind received from resource partners within a calendar year.