United Nations: UNDP and UNICEF

Our funding for 2014-15:
$240.9 million

In 2014-15, Australia provided $157.1 million (including $21.2 million in core funding) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and $75.6 million (including $34.4 million in core funding) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). These contributions made up around 38 per cent of Australia’s overall contribution to the United Nations in 2014-15, which totalled $616.9 million.


UNDP is the global development network of the United Nations. Its mandate is delivered through three key work areas: sustainable development pathways; inclusive and effective democratic governance; and resilience. In 2014, Australian funding to UNDP contributed to:

  • 11.2 million people (5.7 million women) benefitting from improved livelihoods in 94 countries;
  • 920,000 new jobs (41 per cent for women) being created in 77 countries;
  • Over 18 million new voters being registered in 21 countries, including nearly 4 million in Afghanistan;
  • 750,000 people (51 per cent women) in 22 countries gaining access to legal aid services; and
  • Over 7 million people (49 per cent women), from over 190 countries, expressing their vision for the future through the ‘My World’ global survey.


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) aims to protect and promote the rights of children, support child health and nutrition, protect children from violence, exploitation, and HIV, and works to expand children’s opportunities to reach their full potential. In 2014, Australian funding to UNICEF contributed to:

  • procuring 2.71 billion doses of vaccines for 100 countries, delivering vaccinations for 40 per cent of the world’s children;
  • assisting more than 187 million people access clean water, 4.4 million to access decent sanitation, and 8.6 million children to go to school during humanitarian situations;
  • delivering infant and young child feeding programmes in 80 countries;
  • piloting or scaling up approaches to improve education access for disadvantaged children in 144 countries; and
  • assisting 4.5 million children aged 5-17 years involved in child labour with education, social protection or child protection interventions.

Last Updated: 30 September 2015