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Global contributions to UNDP: 2004-2014

How UNDP is funded
UNDP is funded entirely through voluntary contributions from UN member states and multilateral partners such as government agencies, foundations and international financial institutions.

At approximately $5 billion annually, donor contributions to UNDP represent about one-quarter of all contributions to the United Nations development system. Of this, UNDP's regular - core - budget totaled $793 million in 2014, with contributions from 56 countries. The remainder were earmarked - non-core - contributions intended for specific programmes.

Core funding
UNDP’s daily operations are based on a regular, core budget - 87% of which we receive from our top 10 partners.  UNDP’s core budget is critical to maintaining a stable and predictable resource base which provides high-quality development support and expertise across the more than 170 countries and territories where we operate. Core funding enables UNDP to respond to emerging crises, and preserve our multilateral, impartial and universal character.  These funds also allow us to support to resident coordinator system for ensuring greater effectiveness and coherence of the United Nations development system as a whole. 

With our Strategic Plan 2014-17, we are seeking to promote multi-year funding commitments with our partner countries.  This will allow us to predictably plan and deliver improved development results with greater coherence and integration in support of national development priorities with UN sister agencies, development partners and local stakeholders.

Non-Core Funding
In addition to core funding, UNDP also received approximately $3.8 billion in non-core funding during 2014 in the form of third party contributions and trust funds. Governments contributed $2.3 billion for earmarked purposes, while multilateral donations provided another $1.5 billion.

Non-core funding is an important earmarked category of resources, which are largely mobilized in support of programmes and projects at the country level.  In keeping with global trends, this funding has risen considerably during the past decade. Non-core funds help us fulfill our global mandate and are complementary to our core funded operations and results.

New Strategic Partners
We recognize the growing role of emerging partners as well as the significant potential that exists for mutually beneficial cooperation on important global and regional development issues.   

These partnerships offer access to networks and capabilities of UNDP and the UN Development System to advance on shared goals such as South-South and triangular cooperation.  During the past year, non-core funding to UNDP from programme countries increased by 30 %, in support of both their own national development priorities and their South-South cooperation initiatives. (See the support from our top 10 Programme Country Governments)

Transparency and Accountability
UNDP has a long-standing commitment to transparency, with Country Offices publishing financial, procurement and programme information on respective websites on an annual basis.

Our public disclosure of internal audit reports also demonstrates that UNDP’s work is subject to rigorous and independent scrutiny. The disclosure of internal audit reports to Member States and to eligible donors is governed by the UNDP oversight policy and related decisions of the UNDP Executive Board

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