Welcome to the UNICEF Transparency Portal

Transparency and accountability is a top priority for UNICEF in delivering development and humanitarian results for children. The UNICEF Transparency Portal is part of our continuous efforts to being open and transparent through direct communication to the public on how and where we use resources.

As a signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) since 2012, UNICEF publishes IATI datasets in downloadable XML format on a monthly basis. UNICEF continues to strengthen the depth and quality of programme and operational data available to the public, and is consistently featured in the top performing organizations in the IATI dashboard. UNICEF's commitment to being open and transparent is also acknowledged by the latest 2020 Aid Transparency Index (ATI), which UNICEF is placed in "very good" category and ranked 6th out of 47 organizations assessed.

In 2020, UNICEF was reappointed to the IATI Governing Board, and is contributing to efforts to move the discourse beyond compliance to the IATI Common Standard, to the quality and use of published data for effective delivery of development and humanitarian programmes. UNICEF is also supporting the use of IATI to reduce transaction costs of reporting and improve the value of data through the analysis that is enabled by interoperability.

As a member of the inter-agency Transparency Task Team, UNICEF actively advocates for increased transparency across the UN system. Through this, a number of other UN agencies have signed up to IATI and committed to publicly disclose information on aid spending and make it easier for all stakeholders to find, use and compare standardized data.

UNICEF has been pursuing a series of measures to make more information about programme and operation performance as well as funds spending available and understandable to the public. This enhances on-going efforts to make the organization more efficient, responsive, and better able to collaborate and achieve results for children, especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized.

UNICEF's Information Disclosure Policy explicitly outlines its commitment to making programmes and operations information available to the public. UNICEF has in place a policy for full public disclosure of internal audit reports issued after 30 September 2012. A growing number of corporate documents such as country programme documents, evaluation reports, details on supply and logistics, financial rules and regulations, and annual programme results reports are also accessible through this portal.

Information available in the open datasets on this website has been extracted directly from UNICEF's operating system (VISION) as well as other data systems, and reflects inputs made by individual UNICEF Offices. The contents of the datasets are updated on a monthly basis with efforts focused on improvements in completeness, quality and comprehensiveness.

All financial information on this website should always be considered as provisional. Use of these datasets is guided by UNICEF's Information Disclosure Policy and has been made available under the Open Database License (ODbL).


UNICEF Resource Flows

Resources to UNICEF take the form of direct or indirect funding, people (volunteers, consultants and seconded personnel), partnerships, equipment and other in-kind donations. Our funding is categorized by:

  1. Regular Resources
  2. Other Resources (regular)
  3. Other Resources (emergency)

Pooled Funding – which covers Thematic Funding, joint programmes and trust funds – is an integral part of Other Resources. Multi-year funding of all types allows UNICEF to improve the design and implementation of our programmes, increase the visibility of our advocacy efforts, and lower operational costs to deliver higher social returns on investment.

Definition of Terms

Board Approved Budget (BAB): Original RR and ORR ceiling and any additional amounts approved by the Executive Board or Executive Director for a Country Programme during the programme or budget cycle.

Allotments: Budget issued a the highest planning level of a Business Area (e.g. Country programme level).

Allocations: Actual budget distributed to specific output(s).

Expenses: Cost of goods and services consumed in the process of fulfilling the organization’s objectives. 

Revenue: UNICEF recognizes revenue for the full contribution agreement value when the partner agreement is signed in line with requirements of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). This includes multi-year contribution agreements reflecting the full commitment of our partners for current and future years. 

Contributions Received: Cash and contributions in kind received from resource partners within a calendar year.

Regular Resources (RR): Unearmarked funds that are foundational to deliver results across the Strategic Plan.

Other Resources (OR): Earmarked contributions for programmes; these are supplementary to the contributions in unearmarked RR and are made for a specific purpose such as an emergency response or a specific programme in a country/region.

Other Resources (regular)Funds for specific, non-emergency programme purpose and strategic priorities.

Other Resources (emergency): Earmarked funds for specific humanitarian action and post-crisis recovery activities.