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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. Report on Regular Resources 2015 presents key results achieved with RR in the course of the year, analyses revenue and expense trends, and acknowledges the generosity of the governments and private-sector partners who have generously contributed RR to UNICEF.

In 2015, our donors were indeed generous, responding to UNICEF’s efforts to advocate, mobilize, and leverage resources and partnerships on behalf of children. Despite this generosity, however, overall funding decreased by 3 per cent – from $5,169 million in 2014 to $5,010 million in 2015.2 Nearly 23 per cent of total revenue was Regular Resources (RR) – the foundational resources upon which the organization’s work is built; and 77 per cent was Other Resources (OR) – funds earmarked for specific programmes and initiatives.

The 2015 Report on Regular Resources

The 2015 Report on Regular Resources analyzes RR revenue and expenses, and includes 10 case studies that illustrate the organization's work across its seven outcome areas as well as gender and humanitarian action.




• Regular Resources helped the Global Innovation Centre to enhance UNICEF’s process of moving innovation projects from start-up to scale-up.

• In Guyana, Regular Resources funded the drafting of a new Juvenile Justice Bill and the legal education of police officers.

• In Iraq, Regular Resources helped to train doctors, nurses, and health staff on infant and young child feeding practices.

• In Lesotho, Regular Resources solely funded the scaling-up of HIV counselling and testing of children.

• In Mongolia, Regular Resources enabled UNICEF to conduct a first-ever research project on the impact of the mining industry on children.

• In Niger, Regular Resources provided textbooks and school supplies to nearly 2,000 schools nationwide.

• In Nigeria, Regular Resources enabled UNICEF to increase the number of girls who complete basic education and acquire life skills.

• In Pakistan, Regular Resources were crucial in enhancing UNICEF’s efforts to advocate for a countrywide approach to total sanitation.

• In Sudan, nearly $1 million in flexible Regular Resources proved critical in reaching some 9.5 million children with lifesaving measles vaccine.

• In Uzbekistan, Regular Resources were critical in bringing quality medical care to underserved communities.

• Regular Resources financed UNICEF’s Emergency Programme Fund, enabling 34 offices to scale-up their timely response for saving, sustaining and protecting the lives of children.

Allocation of Regular Resources to programme countries

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

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.



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2015 Top Resource Partners for Regular Resources


Regular Resources contributions by type of Resource Partner, 2015

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