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Public Partnerships

Call to action

The case for support

GEORGIA, 2004 - A girl counts with an abacus in a class at the Musical Boarding School in the western city of Kutaisi. Most of Kutaisi's abandoned and orphaned children are placed here.
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Achieving results for children

The ten cases for support articulate the priorities for UNICEF as a whole, as well as separately for each of the seven outcome and two cross-cutting areas as outlined in the organization's Strategic Plan 2014-17 and in support of the Agenda 2030. 

The cases describe the key results to be achieved, supported by an explicit Theory of Change that includes a situational analysis, planned evidence-based solutions, and a description of UNICEF’s role based on comparative advantages and partnering approaches. The cases also highlight lessons learned, risks and mitigating measures. Each of the cases details the resources required to meet results and current funding gaps. 


UNICEF, with partners, works to address the enormous deprivations faced by children, especially those who are most disadvantaged. The overall case for support highlights how UNICEF’s global reach, convening and advocacy roles, as well as its unique partnership approaches support the development of innovative, real-time solutions to realize the rights of all children, everywhere.





About 16,000 children under 5 die every day – 11 children lost every minute. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to shoulder the greatest burden, where one in 12 children dies before age 5, while in high-income countries, the ratio is one in every 147 children.


UNICEF aims to contribute to the following results in the 132 target countries with health programmes by 2017: 75 countries develop costed implementation plans for maternal, newborn and child health care; 40 countries monitor barriers and bottlenecks related to child survival in at least 80 per cent of districts prioritized for district health system strengthening.




In the absence of timely HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation, about one third of infants living with HIV still die before their first birthday, and half die before the age of 2 years. AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second highest cause of death among adolescents globally.

By 2017, UNICEF aims to support the following results: ART coverage for at least 80 per cent among children and adolescents in 38 priority countries and lifelong ART coverage for at least 80 per cent of all pregnant women living with HIV in 22 priority countries - as examples.




There is good evidence that all water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) investments can have significant health, economic and development benefits and provide excellent value for money. For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of at least $4 is returned in increased productivity. Hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health intervention.

By 2017, UNICEF aims to support 125 countries in reaching more than 75 per cent of households to access an improved source of drinking water and support 35 countries implementing a national strategy to eliminate open defecation – as example target results.


Investing in nutrition brings substantial economic gains. Interventions to reduce stunting are among the most cost beneficial in development, with highly competitive cost-benefit ratios. For example, in an analysis across 40 countries, the median cost-benefit ratio of scaling up nutrition specific interventions was 16, meaning that every dollar invested in stunting reduction would bring around US$16 in returns in productivity gain.  

UNICEF aims to reach 4 million children between 6–59 months affected by severe acute malnutrition with treatment by 2017 - as an example target result.


If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, an estimated 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 per cent reduction in global poverty.

UNICEF aims to contribute to the following results by 2017: 28 million fewer children will be out of school; at least 98 per cent of all children will complete primary education; and girls will no longer be disadvantaged, will complete primary school and will continue their education into secondary school at the same rate as boys. UNICEF will support education systems to become more equitable and more effective, with 75 per cent of countries demonstrating increasing learning outcomes by 2017.


Violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect cut across all boundaries, including age, gender, religion, ethnic origin and socio-economic status.

Together with partners, UNICEF has contributed to the development of minimum standards and guidelines to inform legislation, policies, services and strategies. On the basis of its Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action framework, UNICEF will continue to work to minimize the impact of armed conflict and natural disasters on children. In this area, UNICEF will achieve, among other, the following results by 2017: 80 per cent of all UNICEF-targeted children benefit from psychosocial support; between 80–100 per cent of UNICEF-targeted children and women who experience sexual violence in humanitarian situations receive multisectoral support services.


Poverty and discrimination are obstacles to better child outcomes. Poor and marginalized children are more malnourished, less healthy, have fewer opportunities to learn and are at greater risk of exploitation. Despite growing global consensus about its negative impact, child poverty remains alarmingly high.

Through the child poverty and social protection programme area, UNICEF aims to contribute to, among other, the following results in the 2014–2017 period: Number of children living in extreme poverty is reduced to 447 million (baseline: 550 million in 2010); in 53 countries, social protection systems have a positive impact on children’s well-being; and 52 countries expanded the number of children covered by social protection systems.


Discrimination against girls often begins at birth, where infant girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to higher mortality for girls. Girls’ inferior status in society is more likely to limit their ability to go to school, live free from violence, possess autonomy over their lives and enjoy a level of social status, as compared to boys.

UNICEF’s priorities for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls include (i) promoting gender-responsive adolescent health; (ii) advancing girls’ secondary education; (iii) ending child marriage; and (iv) addressing gender-based violence in emergencies. These issues often require crosssectoral solutions - for example, girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to marry as children, making education one of the best strategies for protecting girls.


Today, 40 per cent of the 1.4 billion people living in countries affected by crises are under the age of 15. In 2014, UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This case for support highlights UNICEF’s global support for country-level humanitarian programme delivery. Each sectoral case for support also includes specific humanitarian components.

UNICEF results for the 2014-2017 period include: Timely, effective and reliable support provided to country and regional offices to save lives and protect rights in humanitarian situations and to strengthen resilience. And UNICEF effectively leads humanitarian clusters under its responsibility and contributes to sectoral coordination in humanitarian action.

UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and relies on the generosity of its public and private sector partners to achieve results. Regular Resources – funds contributed without restrictions to their use – allow UNICEF to streamline business practices and programming, reduce transaction costs, and maintain maximum flexibility in order to achieve planned results and reach those children most in need. Since Regular Resources are not destined to any specific programme activity, they can be allocated where they are needed most or shifted quickly to react to gaps or new challenges (such as surges in emergency response).  Thematic Funding is UNICEF’s first choice when partners do choose to earmark contributions. These funds allow resource partners to direct the use of funds according to their priorities, while directly supporting UNICEF’s Strategic Plan results.

Thanks to the generous support and commitment of partners, UNICEF works relentlessly to reach millions of children. UNICEF’s universal mandate means that every child, everywhere deserves a fair chance at a better future.   

Please contact your focal point within UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division for more details on how to provide support.



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