It takes a village to raise a child. It takes many brains to solve complex problems affecting child rights.

UNICEF Nicaragua would like to invite you to be part of a small group of creative problem-solvers who can help us come up with innovative and concrete solutions for problems affecting children in Nicaragua.

Designing_for_Children_Teal_BG_Eng We’re supporting a regional government to create a low-cost policy for children. We have spent the past eight months alongside them applying a Human Centered Design and a Problem Driven Iterative Approaches to better understand what people need, want, and truly value.

These problems are now personified into six archetypes which tell a story of the mains obstacles and opportunities affecting children and their families under the following themes (all archetypes can be found here):

1. Child labor & education (child in rural areas)

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2. Child labor & education (mother with children who work)

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2. Maternal health in rural areas

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 10.56.46 3. Birth registration

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We need Problem-solvers to help us “re-imagine” these stories in a positive way through concrete ideas. Here’s an example of a complete re-imagined story (alternatively, you can also solve one single entry point):

Excerpt from "A Promise for Every Child," by Reboot & UNICEF (2013)
Excerpt from “A Promise for Every Child,” by Reboot & UNICEF (2013)

We have since been working with the awesome Emilio Rossi, Researcher and Adjunct Professor in Design at Quasar Design University in Italy. He has heeded to our call for action posted on LinkedIn a few weeks ago and developed an amazing tool to help other problem-solvers respond to the key issues highlighted in the archetypes. We’re now in touch with the Quasar University to investigate ways to get the entire school involved! Stay tuned!

Problem-solvers are strongly encouraged to think creatively and beyond the realm of existing choices and solutions. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere, so solutions should be affordable and feasible to ensure scale up.


If you would like to contribute to something concrete that can have a positive impact on children’s lives, please send your ideas and suggestions to Selected ideas will be discussed with the Regional Government and possibly integrated to the final policy!

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Questions can be directed to: Natalia Adler (, Milja Laakso (, Elisa Mandelli (

Many, many thanks!