Who are UNICEF Australia
UNICEF are the United Nations Children’s Fund. They are an international development agency that works “in 190 countries for the survival, protection and development of every child, with a focus on the lives of children who are the most disadvantaged and excluded.”
UNICEF Australia is a National Committee of UNICEF. UNICEF Australia’s mission is "to be the children's champion" and inspire Australians to connect with UNICEF by raising funds and protecting and promoting children's rights.
They are a registered charity with the ACNC. Their ABN is 35060581437.
Note: Overall management and administration of UNICEF is directed by UNICEF’s Headquarter Offices, located in various countries across the world. UNICEF Australia is a National Committee of UNICEF. UNICEF National Committees (like UNICEF Australia) exist to “promote children’s rights, raise funds, sell UNICEF greeting cards and products, create key corporate and civil society partnerships, and provide other invaluable support.” This is an assessment of UNICEF Australia only. The results of this assessment for UNICEF Australia may or may not be consistent with other organisations that share the UNICEF brand.
Why do they exist?
They are “guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that every child has a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.”
What do they do?
UNICEF Australia work across the following program areas:
Policy and Advocacy –advocacy work guided by the mandate provided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They aim to ensure the policies, laws and practices of Australian Governments and other institutions are developed and implemented with the key elements of respecting, promoting and protecting the rights of children contained within them. They advocate for the best interests of children to be a priority for decision-makers at all times during policy-making, to help ensure every child has a fair chance.
Directly Supported Programs- Child Protection, Early Childhood Development, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Child Survival programs delivered in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Zimbabwe, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea.
Emergencies– raising funds and directly contributing to a number of crises, and where appropriate, lend humanitarian support in the field.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to UNICEF Australia?
We believe it is likely that your donation to UNICEF Australia will be used as stated, that is, to deliver UNICEF Australia's vision "for every child, a fair chance".
We believe that UNICEF Australia is trustworthy. They consistently demonstrate that funds are used in pursuit of the mission. UNICEF Australia’s financial model is clear. They show where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Roles are described and performance is monitored. Finally, they take steps to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe it is likely that UNICEF Australia is effective. They consistently show that they are working to deliver on their mission. They present overarching goals. They show the activities and results from the last financial year. Finally, they describe their approach to evaluation.
However, in order to have complete confidence that money is used to deliver on their vision, we need see:
further detail on how they plan on achieving their strategic goals
activities and results presented in the context of their strategy.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of UNICEF Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether UNICEF Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.