How is the United Nations funded?
Inter-agency pooled funds

Funding for inter-agency pooled funds, a flexible instrument that facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration, has grown steadily since 2015. In 2021, it reached an all time high of US$ 3.4 billion, divided between 53% humanitarian- and 47% development-related funds respectively. By 2021, as a percentage of total earmarked funds for development, the share of inter-agency pooled funds had grown to 12.3%,surpassing the 2023 Funding Compact target of 10%. 7.6% of earmarked financing for humanitarian assistance was allocated to inter-agency pooled funding in 2021.

US$ 3.4 billion for inter-agency pooled funds in 2021
Figure 21
Deposits to UN Inter-agency pooled funds, 2010–2021 (US$ billion)
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Key insights in a flash
Upward trend, contributions almost tripled since 2010
Inter-agency pooled funds support flexibility and collaboration
12% of development assistance through pooled funds 2021 (FC target 10%)

Source: Report of the Secretary-General (A/78/72–E/2023/59) and UN Pooled Funds Database