Database of available resources

The WHO FCTC emphasizes the important role that financial resources play in achieving the objectives of the Convention, and calls on the Parties to promote the utilization of bilateral and multilateral channels to provide funding for multisectoral and comprehensive tobacco control programmes. It also mandates the Convention Secretariat to develop a database of available resources to assist Parties in their implementation work.

The database of available resources was developed by the Convention Secretariat and launched before the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties in November 2010. It currently contains 52 organizations , including 23 government ministries, agencies and bodies, three intergovernmental organizations and bodies, 25 nongovernmental organizations, and one international financial institution.

Parties can access the information in the database: access is provided to national focal points and designated authorities of the Parties. The database can be searched by characteristics of the organization providing assistance (e.g. government agency or nongovernmental organization), characteristics of the assistance provided (e.g. technical or funding) or eligibility criteria for those applying for assistance (e.g. by region or type of entity).

The database is regularly updated. Organizations wishing to be included are welcome to contact the Secretariat (see below).

The following brief introduction of the database is based on information available from all 80 organizations that have to date provided relevant information.

In terms of the nature of assistance provided, 54 organizations provide technical assistance, 35 provide funding and 17 provide other forms of assistance. As regards the annual budget for tobacco control, in the case of 42 organizations the budget is less than US$ 1 million, in six the budget is between US$ 1 million and US$ 5 million, while eight organizations allocate over US$ 5 million to tobacco control annually.

In terms of eligibility, 40 out of the 68 organizations that responded to the question extend assistance to national governments and agencies and close to half assist regional entities and subnational governments or agencies. Thirty-one organizations also indicated the WHO regions from which Parties are eligible to apply for assistance.

Sixty-four organizations have provided information about certain provisions of the Convention that are covered in their assistance programmes. Three areas attract the highest donor interest: education, communications and public awareness (Article 12); protection from exposure to tobacco smoke (Article 8); and general obligations (Article 5).

Organizations wishing to join the database are requested to complete the questionnaire available here and send it to: fctcpartnerships@who.int

For more information on the database, please contact the Convention Secretariat at fctcresources@who.int

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