Funds and funding

In 2013, UNFPA total gross contribution revenue was $976.8 million, including $460 million in voluntary contributions from donors to cores resources and $504.3 million for non-core resources.

Core resources, mostly from governments, form the bedrock of funding for operational activities. They afford neutrality, promote flexibility and enable UNFPA to respond more effectively to the development needs of countries. About 98 per cent of contributions for core resources came from 15 donors in 2013.

Non-core resources consist of contributions by governments, foundations, the private sector and individuals, which are earmarked for specific programmes and initiatives, including those listed on the menu bar to the left of this page.

As shown in the chart below (right), the funds are allocated to seven areas where UNFPA stands to have the greatest impact on the lives of women and young people in developing countries, as specified in the Strategic Plan. The other chart (left) shows the distribution of funding by region.

UNFPA continues to strengthen its engagement with non-traditional donors and partners, such as international financial institutions, regional banks and civil society, as a way to diversity its donor base. It is also stepping up its support for South-South cooperation initiatives, which allow for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and technologies, and institutional capacity among programme countries. In 2013, UNFPA facilitated 159 such collaborations, through financial (60 per cent)  or technical (50 per cent) support.

Top 20 donors to UNFPA in US$

  1. These amounts represent the contribution revenue recorded for 2013 for regular resources.
  2. Programme implementation continues to be linked to actual receipt of resources.
  3. Gabon and Saudi Arabia ranked as the 20th top donor to UNFPA core resources.
  4. All figures are provisional as of 31 March 2014.

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