United Nations: UNDP and UNICEF

Our funding for 2017-18:
$155 million

In 2017-18, Australia provided $98.9 million (including $12.7 million in core funding) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and $56.1 million (including $21.0 million in core funding) to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). These contributions made up around 28 per cent of DFAT's overall contribution to the United Nation development system and humanitarian agencies in 2017-18, which totalled $554.4 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. From 2014-17, Australian funding to UNDP contributed to:

  • 37.3 million people benefitting from improved livelihoods;
  • nearly three million people finding new jobs (41 per cent of them women);
  • Nearly 170 million new voters being registered in 52 countries;
  • 4.1 million people in 39 countries gaining access to legal aid services (51 per cent of them women);
  • More than 6.7 million people having improved access to energy in 55 countries;
  • 104 countries implementing low-emission and climate-resilient measures; and
  • In 2017 alone, UNDP country offices managed 840 environment projects in 141 countries, valued at $3.6 billion.


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 so they can reach their full potential. In 2017, Australian funding to UNICEF contributed to:

  • 78.6 million children being immunized against measles;
  • improved water supplies for 45 million people and improved sanitation for 22 million people;
  • 12.5 million children and nearly 250,000 classrooms receiving learning materials;
  • 8.8 million children receiving basic education more than four million children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in emergency situations; and
  • 15.2 million children and women having access to health services in humanitarian emergencies.
Last Updated: 10 December 2018