WHO adds UNICEF to coronavirus funding partnership

Weeks after launching an innovative fundraising platform incorporating individual contributions, WHO announced in early April that UNICEF would join its COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as a “key partner,” bringing “extensive experience both in fundraising and in implementing programs.” As part of the arrangement, proceeds from the fund—which allows individuals, corporations, and institutions “anywhere in the world” to contribute to the multilateral response—will now be apportioned to UNICEF as well as to WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

UNICEF will contribute substantial on-the-ground resources, helping the Response Fund meet its goals of shoring up healthcare capacity and mitigating the social impact of Covid-19. The agency also brings fundraising expertise, having raised $1.2 billion from individual donors in 2018 alone.

The Response Fund received a boost on April 18, when the One World: Together At Home concert event raised $55.1 million on its behalf, according to event organizer Global Citizen. To date, the Solidarity Response Fund has raised over $204 million from at least 280,000 donors.

In other funding news, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reported last week that government, multilateral, and private donors have committed “an estimated $19.3 billion” to the Covid-19 response. KFF summarized the funding landscape in an online tracking tool it plans to update regularly.

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