We’re building a new UNICEF.org.
As we swap out old for new, pages will be in transition. Thanks for your patience – please keep coming back to see the improvements.

Public Partnerships

Regular resources



Contributed without restrictions on their use, Regular Resources (RR) best allow UNICEF to reach children who are in the greatest need and at the greatest risk. All UNICEF offices benefit from the allocation of these resources, with the largest share spent on delivering programmes for children and the balance used to support the core structure of the organization – without which we would not be able to deliver on our mandate.

 2016 Report on Regular Resources

UNICEF's Report on Regular Resources 2016 presents key results achieved with RR in the course of the year, highlights revenue and expense trends, and acknowledges the generosity of government and private-sector partners who have generously contributed RR to UNICEF.

In 2016 Regular Resources continued to be a catalyst for achieving results on behalf of the world’s children. RR totalled $1.312 billion –an increase of 12 per cent from the year before. In spite of this growth, it is important to note that the proportion of RR funding to total revenue has been below 50 per cent since 2000, a trend that is of great concern. Because RR funds are so critical to UNICEF’s work and mandate, the implications of this imbalance are far-reaching in terms of the organization’s ability to deliver comprehensive results for children – especially the needs of the most marginalized – across the globe.


Results achieved with Regular Resources in 2016

•In Egypt, Regular Resources (RR) enabled UNICEF to introduce systems and tools for improving maternal, newborn, and child health services across the country.

• In Nigeria, RR supported the launch of the “All In” initiative to end adolescent AIDS, with the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

• In Kenya, RR was instrumental in supporting 263 villages in Isiolo county to be certified open-defecation free, which was made possible through the UNICEF-supported Community-led Total Sanitation approach.

• In India, RR strengthened government systems to improve nutrition programming across sectors, which has been instrumental in significantly reducing the prevalence of stunting in children under two years.

• In the Eastern Caribbean Area, Regular Resources supported 58 per cent of primary and 39 per cent of secondary schools across ten countries to implement “Positive Behaviour Management” strategies, promoting more constructive and productive disciplinary approaches in education.

• In Kyrgyzstan, RR assisted partners in establishing an enabling environment for child protection system reform, thus increasing the number of children who are growing up in a family environment rather than in state institutions.

• In Myanmar, RR funds helped to implement major policy-related initiatives to address the country’s high rates of child poverty and disparities.

Allocation of Regular Resources

The actual RR allocations to countries are published annually and can be accessed online:

2017: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2017_Country_Programme_Planning_levels_for_RR-10Jan2017-final.pdf

2016: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2016_Country_programme_planning_levels_for_RR-21Dec2016.pdf

2015: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2015_Country_Programme_Planning_levels_for_RR-8Dec2014.pdf

2014: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2014_Board_Paper_Planning_levels_for_RR-14Nov2013.pdf

2013: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2013_Board_Paper_Planning_levels_for_RR_3Jan2013.pdf

2012: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2012_Planning_levels_for_RR_9dec2011.pdf

The latest report to the Executive Board on the implementation of the modified system for allocation of RR is the one shared with the ExBd in September 2012: https://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/files/2012-19-RR_modified_system-ODS-English.pdf

The Decision 2012/15 on the above paper is as below:
The Executive Board  1. Takes note of the report on implementation of the modified system for allocation of regular resources for programmes, as contained in document E/ICEF/2012/19; 2. Requests that progress and developments in the implementation of the regular resource allocation system and its implication for UNICEF cooperation with programme countries continue to be monitored and reviewed, and further requests UNICEF to update the Executive Board on its implementation as part of the consultations on the next MTSP 2014-2017.

2 Other revenue includes revenue from interest, procurement services, and other sources.



If you have questions or want to share ideas, let us know.

New enhanced search