In 2020, UNFPA witnessed the greatest humanitarian crisis since the organization’s creation 52 years ago: the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health catastrophe brought with it socioeconomic, political and human rights crises, doubling the global need for humanitarian assistance from the previous year. Women and girls bore many of the worst impacts.

We saw this in our work. Health systems were strained. Supply chains were disrupted. Many programmes and services were driven to a halt. Globally, a United Nations survey found 7 in 10 countries experienced disruptions in contraceptive services. UNFPA offices reported stark increases in domestic violence cases and calls for help amid lockdowns and movement restrictions. Disrupted services and increased vulnerabilities are projected to result in 2 million more cases of female genital mutilation and an additional 13 million child marriages within the next decade that would otherwise have been averted.

But UNFPA rose to the challenge.

With ingenuity and flexibility, we ramped up distribution of personal protective equipment and training in infectious disease control. Many disrupted programmes and services were restored, and 74 per cent of UNFPA programme countries were able to maintain or expand family planning services at the community level. Ninety-one per cent maintained or expanded interventions to prevent gender-based violence.

The crisis is far from over. We know the road ahead will be long and hard. But we also know that we can deliver progress even amid world-shaking adversity. With solidarity and support, we can transform the future for women and girls.

The COVID-19 response

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on health systems. More than 17,000 health workers died from COVID-19 over the course of 2020. Massive health resources and many personnel were diverted from routine essential care to support the pandemic response. UNFPA projects 12 million women across 115 low- and middle-income countries experienced contraceptive service disruptions, and 42 per cent of UNFPA programme countries reported facility-level disruptions in family planning services. Some also reported declines in institutional deliveries.

Under these extreme circumstances, UNFPA worked to maintain continuity of sexual and reproductive health care, and to safeguard those providing this life-saving work. UNFPA mobilized $94.8 million in additional resources to support the pandemic response, more than a quarter of which came from United Nations entities. With this, nearly a half million health workers were trained to respond to the pandemic, personal protective equipment was delivered to more than 100 countries, and programmes pivoted to restore, sustain or expand sexual and reproductive health services.

478,000 health workers trained in 61 countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

2.5 Million migrants, internally displaced persons and refugees who received sexual and reproductive health services

506,000 gender-based violence survivors who received mental health and psychosocial support services

$29 Million value of personal protective equipment delivered to 102 countries

640,422 women who received sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings

1,503 youth organizations empowered in 66 countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

3,350 woman's organizations empowered in 70 countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

source: UNFPA COVID-19 response survey, December 2020

Delivering worldwide

Delivering worldwide

Despite UNFPA realigning nearly a third of its activities to better respond to the pandemic, results from 2020 showed a positive trend in achieving its strategic plan outputs compared to 2019. UNFPA family planning programmes helped prevent over 14 million unintended pregnancies, nearly 40,000 maternal deaths, and more than 4 million unsafe abortions last year.

These figures reflect the agile response UNFPA was able to summon. As we look forward, UNFPA’s programming will have to remain robust and adaptive to the volatile public health and economic conditions around the world.

14,402,835 unintended pregnancies averted*

39,098 maternal deaths averted*

367,000 new HIV infections averted* cumulative results from 2018-2020

4,122,505 unsafe abortions averted*

1.3 Million safe deliveries assisted in 39 humanitarian-affected countries

210 Million couple years of protection for contraceptives procured by UNFPA* cumulative results from 2018-2020

350,630 girls saved from female genital mutilation cumulative results from 2018-2020

930,351 gender-based violence survivors who received essential services

13,166 gender-based violence survivors with disabilities who received essential services

1,703,373 girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

*Global impact of contraceptives supplied by UNFPA
Contraception provided by UNFPA worldwide:

Male condoms 724,643,280

Female condoms 5,556,162

Oral contraceptives (Monthly cycles of the pill) 80,089,103

Doses of injectable contraceptives 54,702,365

Contraceptive implants 11,084,230

Intrauterine devices (IUD) 2,606,795

Emergency contraceptives 2,304,592

Tubes of Personal lubricants 69,534,936

Africa, East and Southern

304,405 girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

277,741 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

50,597 women and girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to female genital mutilation

Africa, East and Southern Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Angola

2.5

Botswana

0.9

Burundi

4.5

Comoros

0.8

Democratic Republic of the Congo

28.4

Eritrea

1.1

Eswatini

1.3

Ethiopia

17.4

Kenya

9.4

Lesotho

1.6

Madagascar

6.6

Malawi

19.8

Mauritius

0.2

Mozambique

19.4

Namibia

2.0

Rwanda

3.6

South Africa

2.7

South Sudan

17.8

Uganda

18.5

United Republic of Tanzania

12.4

Zambia

8.0

Zimbabwe

17.9

Total country/territory activities

196.8

Regional activities

6.6

Total programme expenses

203.4

Africa, West and Central

256,109 girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

225,457 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

461,145 women and girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to female genital mutilation

Africa, West and Central Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Benin

5.0

Burkina Faso

10.8

Cabo Verde

0.9

Cameroon

10.4

Central African Republic

3.7

Chad

6.9

Congo

2.9

Cote d'Ivoire

13.4

Equatorial Guinea

1.4

Gabon

1.1

Gambia (Republic of The)

2.7

Ghana

8.1

Guinea

5.2

Guinea-Bissau

1.6

Liberia

7.7

Mali

15.0

Mauritania

3.0

Niger

16.4

Nigeria

23.8

São Tomé and Príncipe

0.7

Senegal

9.3

Sierra Leone

8.5

Togo

3.6

Total country/territory activities

162.1

Regional activities

8.8

Total programme expenses

170.9

Arab States

140,589 girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

316,690 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

72,468 women and girls who received UNFPA-supported prevention or protection services and care related to female genital mutilation

Arab States Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Algeria

1.0

Djibouti

2.0

Egypt

11.6

Iraq

22.8

Jordan

11.2

Lebanon

5.9

Libya

4.3

Morocco

3.0

Oman

1.3

Somalia

20.7

State of Palestine

5.6

Sudan

20.0

Syrian Arab Republic

32.9

Tunisia

1.2

Yemen

71.7

Total country/territory activities

214.2

Regional activities

4.7

Total programme expenses

218.9

Asia and The Pacific

904,189 girls who received, with support from UNFPA, prevention and/or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

89,100 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

Asia and The Pacific Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Afghanistan

13.0

Bangladesh

37.0

Bhutan

1.0

Cambodia

2.3

China

2.4

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

1.1

India

8.1

Indonesia

6.6

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

1.2

Lao People's Democratic Republic

2.9

Malaysia

0.9

Maldives

0.4

Mongolia

2.7

Myanmar

12.6

Nepal

8.4

Pacific Islands (multicountry)*

9.5

Pakistan

10.1

Papua New Guinea

3.2

Philippines

7.8

Sri Lanka

1.6

Thailand

0.9

Timor-Leste

1.8

Viet Nam

4.5

Total country/territory activities

140.2

Regional activities

7.4

Total programme expenses

147.6

* Figures for the Pacific Islands (multi-country) covers the following countries: Cook Islands; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Nauru; Niue; Palau; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

26,573 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

Eastern Europe and Central Asia Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Albania

1.4

Armenia

1.6

Azerbaijan

0.9

Belarus

0.9

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1.8

Georgia

1.5

Kazakhstan

1.4

kosovo

0.9

Kyrgyzstan

2.3

North Macedonia

0.4

Republic of Moldova

2.3

Serbia

0.6

Tajikistan

2.4

Turkey

33.3

Turkmenistan

1.1

Ukraine

4.4

Uzbekistan

1.3

Total country/territory activities

58.5

Regional activities

4.3

Total programme expenses

62.8

Latin America and The Caribbean

98,081 girls who received, with support from UNFPA, prevention and/or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage

31,795 gender-based violence survivors, including persons with disabilities, who received essential services

Latin America and The Caribbean Programme Expenses

Includes core and non-core resources

Country/territory
Millions of US$

Argentina

1.0

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

4.0

Brazil

3.0

Caribbean (multicountry)*

4.0

Chile

0.2

Colombia

3.5

Costa Rica

0.8

Cuba

0.7

Dominican Republic

1.2

Ecuador

1.8

El Salvador

3.6

Guatemala

3.8

Haiti

12.1

Honduras

4.1

Mexico

3.7

Nicaragua

1.4

Panama

1.0

Paraguay

1.1

Peru

2.6

Uruguay

1.0

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

4.0

Total country/territory activities

57.4

Regional activities

5.5

Total programme expenses

62.9

*Figures for the Caribbean (multi-country) covers the following countries and territories: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Curacao; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica, Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; St. Lucia; St. Kitts and Nevis; Saint Maarten (Dutch part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Turks and Caicos; and Trinidad and Tobago.

Donors and contributions in millions of US$

US$

Germany

78,814,766

Sweden

65,853,225

Norway

55,087,829

Netherlands

36,830,357

Finland

36,423,841

Denmark

34,070,260

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

26,359,305

Japan

17,054,645

Switzerland

16,410,256

Canada

11,917,494

Belgium

10,044,643

Australia

6,443,515

New Zealand

4,018,754

Ireland

3,820,961

Luxembourg

3,275,109

Italy

2,941,176

China

1,600,000

France

1,251,422

Spain

592,417

Private contributions

517,555

United Nations and Interorganizational transfers

271,596,381

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

111,500,198

Netherlands

52,234,935

European Commission

49,857,753

Canada

40,154,055

Sweden

39,942,683

Denmark

36,887,361

Republic of Korea

25,992,080

Norway

22,924,516

Australia

21,317,241

Switzerland

15,862,208

Japan

13,599,37

World Bank

12,941,740

Finland

11,561,956

Anonymous

11,243,354

Cote d'Ivoire

11,046,645

Germany

10,217,880

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

6,600,000

France

5,745,041

Luxembourg

5,578,981

Afghanistan

1,000

Albania

500

Algeria

10,000

Antigua and Barbuda

5,000

Armenia

3,000

Australia

6,443,515

Austria

235,571

Bahamas

1000

Bangladesh

35,000

Barbados

5,000

Belgium

10,044,643

Bhutan

5,950

Botswana

4,675

Burkina Faso

13259

Burundi

501

Canada

11,917,494

Chile

8,772

China

1,600,000

Cook Islands

914

Costa Rica

4,776

Cuba

5,051

Cyprus

11,900

Denmark

34,070,260

Dominican Republic

14,975

Egypt

24,481

Eritrea

5,000

Estonia

66,667

Ethiopia

1,863

Finland

36,423,841

France

1,251,422

Georgia

20,000

Germany

78,814,766

Ghana

131,169

Guinea Bissau

2,000

Guyana

9,620

Iceland

218,735

India

510,325

Indonesia

12,947

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

10,000

Iraq

50,000

Ireland

3,820,961

Israel

10,000

Italy

2,941,176

Japan

17,054,645

Jordan

49,930

Kenya

10,000

Kuwait

10,000

Lao People's Democratic Republic

3,000

Liechtenstein

26,567

Luxembourg

3,275,109

Malaysia

15,000

Maldives

5,000

Mali

25,138

Mauritania

3,449

Mauritius

2,534

Mexico

51,960

Micronesia (Federated States of)

3,000

Mongolia

4,000

Morocco

12,560

Nepal

4,240

Netherlands

36,830,357

New Zealand

4,018,754

Nicaragua

2,500

Norway

55,087,829

Panama

10,000

Peru

1,174

Philippines

43,335

Portugal

165,563

Qatar

30,000

Republic of Korea

177,004

Republic of Moldova

6,000

Romania

10,000

Russian Federation

300,000

Rwanda

5,000

Samoa

5,990

Sao Tome and Principe

9,200

Saudi Arabia

250,000

Senegal

11,870

Serbia

5,000

Singapore

5,000

Slovakia

5,433

South Africa

39,873

Spain

592,417

Sri Lanka

18,000

Sweden

65,853,225

Switzerland

16,410,256

Tajikistan

851

Thailand

150,000

Tonga

995

Trinidad and Tobago

5,000

Tunisia

18,890

Turkmenistan

6,000

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

26,359,305

United Arab Emirates

10,000

Zambia

10,080

Zimbabwe

30,000

Private Contributions

517,555

Government contribution to local office costs*

504,661

*All 2020 figures are provisional as of 15 April 2021

UNFPA is funded from voluntary contributions that fall into two distinct categories:

1 Core contributions (also referred to as "regular", "unearmarked" or "unrestricted" contributions), represent resources that are unrestricted as to their use;

2 Non-core contributions (also referred to as "other", "earmarked" or "restricted" contributions), represent resources that are earmarked as to their use.

Programme and institutional budget Expenses by region in millions of US$

 

 

Core resources

Non-core resources

Institutional budget

TOTAL

East and Southern Africa

Core resources

51.7

Non-core resources

151.7

Institutional budget

20.7

TOTAL

224.1

West and Central Africa

Core resources

48

Non-core resources

122.9

Institutional budget

20.4

TOTAL

191.3

Arab States

Core resources

23.5

Non-core resources

195.4

Institutional budget

13

TOTAL

231.9

Asia and the Pacific

Core resources

52.8

Non-core resources

94.8

Institutional budget

20

TOTAL

167.6

Latin America and the Carribean

Core resources

27.5

Non-core resources

35.4

Institutional budget

13.7

TOTAL

76.6

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Core resources

17.2

Non-core resources

45.6

Institutional budget

7.7

TOTAL

70.5

Global and regional interventions—global

Core resources

17

Non-core resources

-

Institutional budget

-

TOTAL

17

Global activities

Core resources

(0.3)

Non-core resources

144.8

Institutional budget

82.2

TOTAL

226.7

TOTAL

Core resources

237.4

Non-core resources

790.6

Institutional budget

177.7

TOTAL

1,205.7

Revenue and expenses in millions of US$

$M

Core resources

Contribution to core resources

416.8

Other revenue

88.9

Total core resources revenue

505.7

Non-core resources

Contribution to non-core resources—gross

850.9

Less: refunds to donors

(6.2)

Less: indirect costs

(58.5)

Less: allowance for doubtful contributions receivable

0.4

Other revenue

24.6

Total non-core resources revenue

811.2

Total revenue

1,316.9

Core resources

Country programmes, Global and Regional Interventions (GRI) and other programme activities

237.4

Institutional budget

177.7

Corporate

15.5

Total core resources expenses

430.6

Non-core resources

Country programmes, Global and Regional Interventions (GRI) and other programme activities

790.6

Corporate

6.9

Total non-core resources expenses

797.5

Total expenses

1228.1

*all figures are provisional, subject to external audit and, as a result of rounding, may not add up to the totals.

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