Training Costs

Training costs vary from event to event, but generally cover the following elements:

  • Content development, including expertise to develop, revise, or customize pedagogical material to the needs of the requesting Member State or organization
  • Assessment of training needs of the targeted beneficiaries
  • Facilitation and supervision expertise during the implementation of the activity
  • General programme development costs covering the time needed to prepare and implement the training activity
  • Travel and accommodation of experts, UNITAR staff (and participants for regional/sub-regional activities)
  • Purchase and reproduction of training material and supplies
  • Communication and shipment of training material
  • Evaluation and reporting


Training activities organized at the request of UN Member States or organizations are financed entirely through extra-budgetary sources. In most cases, the activity is funded either entirely or partially by a bilateral or multilateral donor agency in the form of a special purpose grant and Member States or organizations requesting the training contribute in-kind, such as providing training facilities and covering logistical/hospitality expenses for the participants. In some cases, costs may even be shared with neighbouring countries by organizing the training activity at the sub-regional or regional level.

There is no need to wait until the full project budget has been secured before contacting UNITAR. While it remains the responsibility of the requesting entity to secure full funding, UNITAR is often able to assist in the fundraising process. When submitting a request, it is thus important to identify possible sources of funding and indicate if contact has already been made.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)