The Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK wanted to find out what our team does and filmed some of our work done in South America. Since the video is mostly in Japanese we have translated it for you. You can watch the video here.
Protect children with ideas and technologies
In Chile, UNICEF organized an internet-based global innovation challenge where 300 ideas were submitted from 50 countries across the globe. Ideas range from a mesh network using balloons, to a light-weighted pallet which can hold water and can be turned into a pushcart.
UNICEF is now embarking on exploring new solutions at the global level. At the core of this effort is the Innovation Unit, set up in New York Headquarters 7 years ago. The majority of the team is comprised of young professionals with background experience at NGOs and the private sector. The unit provides both financial and technical support to new initiatives in 135 country offices.
In Brazil, UNICEF has worked with local young developers to develop a mobile app which enables communities to report Child Protection issues such as abuse and violence. A campaign was launched at the time of the World Cup through which 30,000 people downloaded the app in two months.
Also, in a slum area in Rio de Janeiro where the living environment has deteriorated for children with increase of crimes, lack of sanitation, etc., UNICEF has come up with an idea to utilize kites, a popular toy among local children, fixed with a digital camera to capture images from the sky to make a detailed map and identify hazardous areas which needed to be improved.
UNICEF’s initiatives, supported by locally born ideas and young people’s enthusiasm, are blowing a new wind to the ways we support children.