The United States of America
UNICEF public-sector partner
As UNICEF’s largest donor, the United States of America is an indispensable partner. Our partnership with the US Government is broad and diverse, spanning humanitarian and development programmes across key areas of UNICEF's work, including health; education; early child development; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; child protection; gender equality; HIV and AIDS; immunization; and research programmes.
To advance our mission to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we work with several US Government agencies, including the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Government of the United States continued to be UNICEF’s largest supporter in 2020, providing US$801 million in funding.
Through the State Department's Bureau of Population, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and others; the United States was UNICEF’s largest 2020 resource partner in humanitarian response ─ providing access to education, protection, health care, nutrition services, and clean water for the most vulnerable girls and boys in crisis situations across the globe. This contribution included vital COVID-19 funding and support to countries that have not traditionally received US support.
Additionally USAID provided 32,000 solar-powered radios to enable up to 160,000 vulnerable South Sudanese to access distance learning by following lessons broadcasted by South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Miraya. The students had been unable to resume in-person school due to COVID-19 pandemic school closures.
The US was also the largest contributor to UNICEF’s flexible Regular Resources – funds essential to our ability to respond immediately and effectively to crises.
2020 contributions to UNICEF
Regular Resources: US$154 million
Other Resources (regular): US$197 million
Other Resources (emergency): US$550 million
Total: US$801 million