United Postcode Lotteries

The United Postcode Lotteries are public charity lotteries administered by the social enterprise Novamedia. The United Postcode Lotteries are funded through selling lots: 50% of gross proceeds are provided to a broad range of organisations. Of the seven lotteries operating in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish and People’s (UK) Postcode Lotteries provide considerable support to organisations working for development.

The United Postcode Lotteries are a significant provider of core/unrestricted support to organisations working on development issues and beyond, such as environmental protection, climate change, human rights, gender equality and social cohesion. A share of their grant making is dedicated to specific projects.

The United Postcode Lotteries provided USD 353 million for development in 2019 in the form of grants. In real terms, this amount is comparable with the 2018 volumes.

Among the four postcode lotteries with development grants, the Dutch Postcode Lottery was by far the most significant provider with a contribution of USD 238 million (67%), followed by the People’s Postcode Lottery (USD 57 million, 16%), the Swedish Postcode Lottery (USD 56 million, 16%) and the Norwegian Postcode Lottery (USD 2 million, 1%).

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In 2019, the United Postcode Lotteries provided USD 28 million of gross development finance to the multilateral system, accounting for 8% of their total development finance. The main multilateral channels used by the United Postcode Lotteries included the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme. All of these contributions were earmarked for specific countries, regions, themes or purposes.

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See the section on Geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2019, the United Postcode Lotteries channelled their development finance mostly through non-governmental organisations (90%) and multilateral organisations (8%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 318 million of gross disbursements. Of this, 79% was allocated to CSOs as core contributions and 21% was channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). The United Postcode Lotteries mainly support international CSOs or CSOs based in the provider countries.

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In 2019, the United Postcode Lotteries’ development finance was mainly unallocated by region (USD 264 million, 75%) due to the largely unrestricted character of their grant making. Still, USD 69 million was allocated to Africa and USD 16 million to Asia, accounting respectively for 19% and 5% of their development grants.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, 8% of gross disbursements went to the United Postcode Lotteries’ top 10 recipients, most notably Kenya, India and South Africa. The share of 87% was not allocated by country, mainly relating to expenditure for projects and programmes with a regional scope or unrestricted character.

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Least developed countries received USD 18 million (5%) of the United Postcode Lotteries’ gross disbursements in 2019. The United Postcode Lotteries allocated the highest share of their development finance 8% to middle-income countries in 2019, noting that 87% was unallocated by income group.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LIC: low-income country; LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country.

In 2019, most of the United Postcode Lotteries’ development grants were allocated to social infrastructure and services. Contributions in this area accounted for 45% of their commitments (USD 158 million), showing a strong focus on human rights, education and health. Commitments for general environmental protection (under multisector/cross-cutting) totalled USD 62 million (18%). Moreover, the United Postcode Lotteries were an important provider of humanitarian aid, the contributions for which amounted to USD 84 million (24%) of their development finance in 2019.

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The United Postcode Lotteries contributed to a broad range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mostly reduced inequalities; peace, justice & strong institutions; no poverty; health & well-being; and zero hunger.

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In 2019, the United Postcode Lotteries committed USD 107 million (30% of their allocable development grants) to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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In 2019, the United Postcode Lotteries committed 27% of their allocable development finance (USD 95 million) in support of climate action.

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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