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Public Partnerships

Thematic funding


While Regular Resources remain the most flexible contributions for UNICEF, thematic Other Resources (OR) are the second-most efficient and effective contributions to the organization. Thematic funding is allocated on a needs basis, and allows for longer-term planning and sustainability of programmes. A funding pool has been established for each of the Strategic Plan 2014-17 outcome areas as well as for humanitarian action and gender. Resource partners can contribute thematic funding on the global, regional or country level.


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Thematic funding budgeting

Contributions from all partners to the same Outcome or Cross-cutting area are combined into one pooled fund account with the same duration, simplifying financial management and reporting for UNICEF offices. As funds are pooled, UNICEF cannot track individual partners’ contributions. Thematic partners receive one annual consolidated narrative and financial report that is the same for all partners. Due to reduced administrative costs, thematic contributions are subject to a lower recovery cost, compared with the non-thematic contributions.

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Three thematic funding levels

Global – Partners (donors) determine the Outcome or Cross-cutting area (theme) and allow UNICEF the flexibility to allocate funds for individual country programmes according to priority needs. Headquarters and regional offices can also receive smaller amounts for cross-cutting work, advocacy and programme development in support of country allocations.

Regional – Partners (donors) specify both the Region and Outcome or Cross-cutting area (theme) where the funds can be utilized. The UNICEF regional office determines which country programmes within the region will receive funding. The regional office is also eligible for a smaller share of these funds.

Country – Partners (donors) stipulate both the Country and Outcome or Cross-cutting area (theme) where the funds can be utilized. Donors can choose to fund more than one Focus Area or provide thematic funding for the entire country programme and cover all five Focus Areas plus Humanitarian Action and Post-Crisis Recovery.

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‘A Guide to UNICEF thematic funding’

Concise information for Resource Partners wishing to learn more about contributing thematic funding to UNICEF:

'A Guide to UNICEF Thematic Funding under the Strategic Plan 2014-17' (pdf)

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Annual Results Reports:  

Reports (access the 2016 Annual Results Reports on the Reports and Resources Page)

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Annual Results Briefings

Along with the dissemination of the Annual Results Reports, briefings are held in New York each year. Following are the presentations from the Annual Results Briefing that was held on 12 June 2017:


Health PDF Video

HIV and AIDS PDF Video

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene PDF Video

Nutrition PDF Video

Education PDF Video

Child Protection PDF Video

Social Inclusion PDF Video

Gender Equality PDF Video Brochure

Humanitarian Action PDF Video

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