Sweden’s Financing of UN Funds and Programmes: Analyzing the Past, Looking to the Future

Stephen Browne, Nina Connelly, Thomas G Weiss

Donor’s funding of UN Funds and Programmes has become increasingly earmarked over the last decade. The degree of earmarking now stands close to 80%, to be compared with 58% in 2007. The amount of core resources has subsequently declined. To understand the practical implications of this shift in funding patterns, the EBA initiated a study on the implications of the new funding patterns on the ability of the organisations to live up to their mandates. We particularly wanted to understand better what conclusions Sweden, as a proponent of core resources, should draw for its future financing of the UN Funds and Programmes.

The authors, Stephen Browne, Nina Connelly and Thomas G. Weiss, emphasize the problematic nature of this shift and suggest that Sweden should sponsor a new Independent Commission on UN Funding. They also make a number of specific recommendations on how Sweden should act in order to promote a shift towards a higher degree of core financing. One important dimension would be to press for clearer and more uniform definitions and nomenclature for the various UN funding categories. The absence of such uniformity obfuscates any comparison.

The report was presented in the following SEMINAR.

A Blog post was posted HERE.