While UNFPA — which is not funded by the U.N. regular budget and is instead supported by donor governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector groups and foundations and individual donors — has long made financial data about its operations available to the public, the transparency portal was the first effort to present income and expenditure figures in a way that is “easily viewed and digestible,” Hanno Ranck, UNFPA’s online communications manager, told Devex.
According to Ranck, the launch of the tool was also meant to coincide with UNFPA’s strategic plan for 2014-17, which lays out the direction the U.N. agency plans to take in the next few years.
A cursory look at the 2014 data shows some general insights: UNFPA ($561 million) remained the largest implementing agency of its projects, with nongovernmental organizations ($131.9 million) and governments ($123 million) trailing at a far second and third. Most of the UNFPA money was spent on integrated sexual and reproductive health services ($500 million), with family planning ($211.1 million) claiming the biggest chunk of this sector.
Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.
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