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Welcome to UNESCO's Transparency Portal

The platform publishes data (projects that were financially active in 2015) in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Activity Standard.

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Core Funding Voluntary Funding Total
Annual Budget 2015 US$ 294,984,995 US$ 275,156,837 US$ 570,141,832
Annual Expenditure 2015 US$ 287,207,139 US$ 175,942,723 US$ 463,149,862
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Major programmes

Sector Number of projects Core Funding Voluntary Funding Total
Education - US$ 49,517,321 US$ 88,544,146 US$ 138,061,467
Natural sciences - US$ 28,845,062 US$ 32,771,967 US$ 61,617,029
Social and human sciences - US$ 13,855,969 US$ 5,755,221 US$ 19,611,190
Culture - US$ 27,042,557 US$ 34,876,388 US$ 61,918,945
Communication and information - US$ 13,492,593 US$ 9,419,520 US$ 22,912,113

What projects are reported?

UNESCO is funded from two main sources: Member States’ assessed contributions and voluntary contributions from donors. Member States vote on a biennium budget approving programmes to be funded from the assessed contributions. Only programme and programme-related activities and projects are included in the portal. All included activities and projects must be financially active in 2015.

All projects funded from voluntary contributions are reported with the exception of Institutes and the UNESCO Brasilia Office. UNESCO has 10 Category I Institutes operating as separate economic entities in pursuit of UNESCO’s goals and objectives. The UNESCO Brasilia Office is also treated as a separate economic entity operating with a different functional currency from UNESCO’s main operations. Data from these Institutes and the UNESCO Brasilia Office will be included in a later phase of the Transparency Project. If a single project is funded from multiple sources then the names of the individual donors are not listed.