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Public Partnerships

Types of funding

KAZAKHSTAN, 2011 - A boy builds a toy helicopter at a family centre supported by UNICEF in Ust-Kamenogorsk, a city in East Kazakhstan Province.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0981/Pirozzi

UNICEF is committed to the effective use of resources to bring about change in the lives of millions of children around the world each day. Partners can provide these resources in the form of direct or indirect funding, people (volunteers, consultants and seconded personnel), partnerships, or equipment and other in-kind donations.

In 2018, the total revenue for UNICEF was $6.7 billion

 Types of support from resource partners 2018 divided by Regular Resources and Other Resources - Regular and Emergency. In 2018, Regular Resources as a proportion of total revenue increased to 27%.



Public-sector partners can contribute through any of the following ways:

1. Regular Resources  


This funding line has no restrictions in its use. It is the most flexible contribution for UNICEF and ensures continuity of services vital for the organization to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet the basic needs of children, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Steady and predictable funding allows UNICEF to bridge gaps and react quickly to new challenges through surges in its response and innovations in its programmes. Learn more… 

2. Thematic Funding

This is funding that donors earmark to support strategic and predefined objectives by UNICEF Strategic Plan Outcome Areas and humanitarian action and gender, at global, regional or country levels. Learn more…

3. Other Resources Regular (ORR)

These are earmarked funds for the achievement of country programme activities prioritized and approved by the Executive Board. Learn more…

4. Emergency Funding and Appeals

These are funds earmarked for specific emergency response needs or projections. This form of support is unique, and is referred to as Other Resources Emergency (ORE). Learn more…

5. Pooled Funding and Trust Funds


These funds can be pooled and administered by UNICEF to decide their allocations, or shared by a number of United Nations agencies and held in "trust" and administered externally by one of these to be disbursed to partners. These contributions are earmarked by donors for specific activities. In UNICEF reports, Pooled Funding is broadly categorized as OR or, more specifically, as ORR and ORE, depending on the allocation of these resources. This type of support can be contributed through Multi-Donor Trust Fund and United Nations Joint Programming. Learn more…



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