UNICEF public-sector partner
A long-standing partner, Germany was the third largest contributor to UNICEF in 2019, playing a critical role in improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the world.
Our partnership with the Government of Germany focuses on the Middle East; West Africa; Eastern and Southern Africa; and Turkey, Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Central Asia. Key programming priorities include health; HIV/AIDS prevention; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); education; nutrition; child protection; social inclusion; gender equality and humanitarian response.
In 2019, Germany continued its strong investment in unearmarked, multi-year core contributions to UNICEF. It was a top-five contributor to health, nutrition, education, WASH, child protection and humanitarian programmes.
To improve access to quality survival and development services, for example, Germany supported programmes in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, aiming to reach three million at-risk people, including 1.6 million girls and women. In sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Central Asia, it supported UNICEF to provide safe drinking water and sanitation and hygiene services for 1.35 million people. Germany also continued to invest in UNICEF’s polio eradication programmes, which provide vaccines and support sustainable cold chain systems in South Asia.
In 2019, Germany renewed its commitment to child rights by aligning with the global voluntary pledge “For every child, every right”, marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Germany has also responded to the UN Secretary-General’s call for countries to prioritize children’s education, food, health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic by signing the global statement Protect Our Children.
2019 contributions to UNICEF
Regular Resources: US$67 million
Other Resources (regular): US$282 million
Other Resources (emergency): US$116 million
Total: US$464 million