07-03-2014 | UNICEF Stories
UNICEF Nicaragua: Channeling empathy into policymaking
I’m thrilled to share this beautiful article written by Samantha Hammer, Research Manager atReboot, a truly awesome social enterprise that worked with us to pioneer a Human Centered Design approach to policy-making in Nicaragua. Hope you’ll enjoy it!Natalia AdlerChief of Social Policy @UNICEF NicaraguaTwitter: nataliaadler19
06-03-2014 | UNICEF
Activate talks: Innovating for Children, Innovating for Equity
05-03-2014 | UNICEF innovation
UNICEF innovation: MobiStation goes to school
05-03-2014 | UNICEF Stories
New submission deadline for first 72 hours challenge: march 13, 2014
We are seeking innovative ideas to create life-saving solutions in the 72 crucial hours after a disaster. Submit your idea for a chance to win $15,000 and a trip to Chile! Join the Global Innovation Challenge: First 72 Hours by March 13, 2014:Join the challenge, register at first72hours.orgLearn about disaster response in the challenge resource pageSpread the wordIt’s that simple, join now!
05-03-2014 | The Guardian
Can business succeed in eliminating poverty where NGOs have failed?
"Once the sole preserve of aid agencies, businesses such as Coke and Total are now aiming at 'base of the pyramid' markets"
Uganda hosts Unicef’s ACTIVATE Talks, Calls for Innovations to Reach Marginalized Children
More innovative ways of thinking and working are required to meet the needs of the world’s most marginalized children, UNICEF said today at its inaugural 2014 ACTIVATE Talk in Kampala, Uganda.
New innovations to spur fight for children’s rights
"It was a Monday, November 20, 1989, when the world made a promise to protect and promote the rights of the child. Twentyfive years down the road, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has led to important landmarks in the protection of children’s rights all over the world. And yet as new technologies change the way the world operates, the need for innovation and enterprise in the child rights crusade has become inevitable.Today, as Uganda hosts the Equity ACTIVATE event, the first in a series of activities that will kick-start international public discussions on the role of innovations in addressing the rights of the child, Jaya Murthy, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s chief of communication, reflects on the critical place of innovation in protecting the rights of the child as interviewed by Stephen Ssenkaaba."
03-03-2014 | UNICEF Stories
UNICEF Uganda kicks off series of worldwide innovation events
"In order to accelerate progress for children, new ideas and approaches are needed to close the gaps that prevent so many of today’s children from realizing their rights. To rethink and rework how we reach and deliver results for all children, UNICEF has earmarked 2014 as a year of ‘Innovating for Children, Innovating for Equity’."
27-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Building the next generation of global innovators
At the UNICEF Innovation Unit, we always talk about scale. We strive to ensure that the solutions we design for the world’s marginalized children can be replicated and adapted across geographies and contexts in order to have the greatest reach and impact.
26-02-2014 | SciDev
Red alert makes syringes safer
A new innovation, more specifically, a syringe that turns bright red after it has been used could dramatically reduce the number of unsafe injections in the developing world and save lives, says the researcher who came up with the idea.
26-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Innovative work for children with disabilities – first audio textbook produced in Montenegro
The first textbook in audio/visual format that has been produced in Montenegro. A proud moment for UNICEF and a great leap for children with disabilities worldwide.
25-02-2014 | UNICEF innovation
RFI: Innovation for pneumonia diagnosis
25-02-2014 | UNICEF
Telenor Group and UNICEF partnering for children to advance child survival, development and protection, using mobile technology
"Telenor Group and UNICEF have signed a global partnership agreement and are joining forces to promote children’s development. The five-year agreement includes both financial support and access to a range of mobile technology solutions that will help advance children’s rights."
25-02-2014 | allAfrica
Africa: Online Discussion to Look Into How Innovation By Africa's Youth Can Transform the Continent
"The UN Economic Commission for Africa will be hosting a moderated online discussion on "Youth and Innovation in Africa: Harnessing the possibilities of Africa's youth for the transformation of the continent" from 20 February to 12 March 2014."
19-02-2014 | Wired
UNICEF challenge: put down your phone, save lives
"Running since 2007, the Tap Project is UNICEF's campaign to try and improve access to clean water and sanitation. Millions around the world don't have access to clean, safe water and basic toilet facilities and 1,400 children die from diseases directly linked to unsafe water every day."
UNICEF one of the top 10 most innovation companies in local
"5. UNICEFFor delivering rapid solutions for local problems. Since launching RapidSMS, its text-based data-collection program, in Nigeria, in 2011, UNICEF has enabled local health workers to register more than 13 million births with the national government through text messages, making it one of the world's largest mobile health projects. Previously, only about half of Nigerian babies were registered. Without an official identity, children have limited access to health services and education, and are vulnerable to trafficking. In Zambia, health workers adapted RapidSMS, developed in UNICEF's innovation unit, to text HIV test results, facilitating life-altering interventions. A newer mobile app, RapidFTR, helps reunite family members in developing countries who are separated in refugee camps or by natural disasters."
18-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
UNICEF Lebanon is innovating non-formal education
"UNICEF Lebanon is investigating innovative ways to provide non-formal education to the millions of displaced children as a result of the Syrian crisis."
17-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
UNICEF bay area partners in corporate innovation exchange at singularity university
"As we continue to expand UNICEF’s Innovation Lab network throughout the world, we are pleased to announce the launch of our first US-based venture in the San Francisco Bay Area at NASA’s Ames Research Center. As an impact partner in the Corporate Innovation Exchange (CIX) program at Singularity University, UNICEF Innovation will work with partners that share the mission to reach impact at scale with innovations in areas of unmet need. Other members of the CIX include Coca Cola, Deloitte, Hershey’s, and Lowe’s Home Improvement."
Solomon Islands launches electronic civil registration system
"The United Nations child protection agency, Unicef, says Solomon Islands move to an electronic civil registration system is a significant step forward for the country.The new system was officially launched in Honiara last week and provides a more secure way to store records including births, deaths and name changes.Unicef's Chief of Child Protection, Amanda Bissex, says Solomon Islands is estimated to have the lowest rate of birth registration in the Pacific."
14-02-2014 | OpenIDEO
How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?
"Safety is a basic human right. But for the millions of women and girls living in low-income urban communities across the world, personal safety can be difficult to achieve – giving way to gender-based violence, social isolation or a lack of basic social services. With this challenge, we are asking the OpenIDEO community to help design solutions that enable women to feel safe and empowered, by contributing research, sharing ideas and collaborating with others during the challenge." - IDEO
12-02-2014 | UN News Center
The United Nations Safer Internet Day
Yesterday, the United Nations and its partners were celebrating Safer Internet Day with a special focus on education strategies to promote greater online safety for children and young people.“Safer Internet Day is such a great example of how the international community can collaborate in a harmonized way to create a better environment for our children,” said Hamadoun I. Touré, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the lead UN agency for information and communication technology (ICT)."
12-02-2014 | TechChange
Kosovo Youth Social Entrepreneurs Prototype Solutions to Improve Local Communities
UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo has localized the UK’s Social Innovation Campexperience for Kosovo for the third time this last December 6-8, 2013, where together, the young Kosovo participants age 18 – 29 worked in self-organized teams to create prototypes for viable market products that promote positive social change in their local Kosovo communities.
12-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Social entrepreneurs for child rights
Natalia Adler, Chief of Social Policy, at UNICEF Nicaragua speaks about social entrepreneurship as a catalyst for child rights at UNICEF Nicaragua and how it came very naturally to her
10-02-2014 | World Bank Blog
How Youth Saved Bananas in Uganda
anana bacterial wilt (BBW), a disease, was attacking bananas in Uganda, where daily consumption of the fruit is 0.7kg per person. With the help of U-report Lyudmila Bujoreanu, an information and communications technology consultant at the World Bank, was able to “visualize the BBW epidemic and disseminate information to affected communities.”. Thereby, stopping what could have been a catastrophic loss of crops.
07-02-2014 | UNICEF Stories
In the United Republic of Tanzania, a new solution for birth registration
"An innovative programme piloted in Tanzania’s Mbeya region uses mobile phone technology to make birth registration simple, affordable and widely accessible – an important step in getting every child off to the right start."