About WHO

Funding WHO

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WHO is undertaking extensive reform to ensure that the Organization is well-equipped to meet the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. As part of these efforts, we're working to improve the alignment, flexibility, predictability and transparency of the Organization's financing, and to reduce its vulnerability. The ultimate aim is a fully funded Programme Budget.

The Programme Budget is financed through a mix of assessed and voluntary contributions.

WHO’s financing dialogue

A key element of WHO reform, the Financing Dialogue with Member States and key non-state contributors is designed to ensure that WHO is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of the health of populations in the 21st century.

Programme Budget web portal

WHO's Programme Budget sets out the expected deliverables and budget requirements for the Organization's work over a two-year period. A Programme Budget web portal, updated every quarter, has been established to provide Member States and other partners with details on both programme performance and financing.

Assessed contributions

Assessed contributions are the dues countries pay in order to be a member of the Organization. The amount each Member State must pay is calculated relative to the country's wealth and population.

Voluntary contributions

WHO’s Programme Budget is financed through a mix of assessed and voluntary contributions. Voluntary contributions can come from Member States (in addition to their assessed contribution) or from other partners. In recent years, voluntary contributions have accounted for more than three quarters of the Organization’s financing.