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Public Partnerships

Thematic funding


Thematic Funding contributions are pooled funds designed to support the achievement of outcomes or results in the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 through flexible multi-year funding window and achieve UNICEF's mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. 

The Strategic Plan has five Goal Areas supporting the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, for which 10 programme-specific funding pools have been developed. To learn more read the Thematic Funding Guide 2018-2021.


Thematic Funding contributions

While Regular Resources remain the most flexible contributions for UNICEF, Thematic Funds are categorized as Other Resources (OR), and are the second-most efficient and effective contributions to the organization. Through Thematic Funding contributions at the global, regional and/or country level, partners support UNICEF delivered results at the highest programme level in each of those contexts for the greatest impact.

Global level – Most valuable funding level in which partners determine which UNICEF objectives they wish to support, and contribute to the most closely aligned Thematic Funding pool. This allows UNICEF the flexibility to allocate funds across regions to individual country programmes according to priority needs. Headquarters and Regional Offices also receive smaller amounts for cross-cutting work, advocacy and programme development in support of country allocations.

Regional level – Partners stipulate the achievement of which objectives, and region, they wish to support. Once a contribution is received, a UNICEF Regional Office allocates funding to country programmes within the region according to programmatic priorities. The Regional Office is also eligible for a smaller share of these funds.

Country level – Partners contribute to one or more themes in a specific country, for the achievement of results outlined in the UNICEF Country Programme, in line with the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).        


Thematic Funding is allocated on a needs basis, and allows for longer-term planning and sustainability of programmes. Contributions from all partners to any of the 10 programme-specific areas are each combined into one pooled fund account with the same duration, simplifying financial management and reporting for UNICEF offices and resource partners’ review.

As funds are pooled, UNICEF tracks and reports revenue and expenses by pool. All Thematic Funding partners receive the same consolidated narrative and financial Annual Results Report by pool at the global level, or consolidated at the country and regional level. Due to reduced administrative costs, contributions of Thematic Funding are subject to a lower recovery cost, compared with the non-thematic contributions. To learn more read the Thematic Funding Guide 2018-2021.

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Annual Results Briefings

The 2019 Annual Results Reports Briefing were held on 10 June. Presentations can e found below. The YouTube live link is available here

Goal Area 1 – Every Child Survives and Thrives, Health, Nutrition, Early Childhood Development and HIV/AIDS; Goal Area 2  – Every Child Learns;  Goal Area 3  – Every Child is Protected from Violence and Exploitation; Goal Area 4  – Every Child Lives in a Safe and Clean Environment; Goal Area 5  – Every Child has an Equitable Chance in Life; Humanitarian Action; and Gender Equality.

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