By Pilar Lagos
Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. It’s been an amazing year! Thank you for all your incredible contributions throughout the year. Here are some of our highlights of 2015.
1. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Pays a Visit to the Innovation Unit
In January 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (#UNSG) accompanied by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, visited UNICEF’s Innovation Unit to hear about the work our organization is doing around the globe. Hearing the #UNSG state: “This team has changed the way I think about innovation,” pretty much sums it up.
2. UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund Launch
On 7 May 2015, UNICEF launched the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund in New York. Over 200 UNICEF staff and special guests learned about innovations that UNICEF Innovation takes from early stage innovations to scale-up to reach the lives of the children who need it the most.
3. U-Report Global reaches more than 1 million responders
In July 2015, more than 1 million responders joined hands to become agents of social change in their communities through U-Report. U-Report, the SMS- and social media- based social messaging tool that enables two-way communication between young people and their community’s decision makers. To join the global movement visit: www.ureport.in and follow @UReportGlobal on Twitter.
4. Tsinghua-UNICEF Youth Forum highlights cross-content innovation
The Tsinghua-UNICEF Youth Innovation Forum held on 17-18 October 2015 in Beijing ignited forward-looking conversations and helped build networks between young people from China and the global South, as well as inspire new ideas for the world’s most disadvantaged children.
5. Tanzania’s mobile birth registration initiative highlighted on South Africa’s Power FM #PowerHour
Hawi Bedasa, Knowledge Management/Innovation Specialist at UNICEF Tanzania talks on South Africa’s radio show #PowerHour, about how a simple innovation led to the rollout of birth registrations by mobile phone in Tanzania.
6. Things we recommend post launching U-Report Chile
Earlier this year, Lucha and Julio wrote a blog post on lessons learned before launching U-Report in Chile. Good news, U-Report’s launch in the Land of Poets was a hit. Lucha shares recommendations on what UNICEF Chile did to recruit young people to join. Hint: use a hashtag, aim for national trend, and throw a free concert.
7. Why 500 change-makers from around the world are coming to Helsinki to innovate for children, and why you should join
On 9-10 November, UNICEF and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland convened 521 change-makers to discuss and come up with solutions that can solve challenges for the world’s children today as well as tomorrow. If you want to know what the event was all about, read this article.
8. A digital necklace and a wearable soap win ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge with UNICEF, ARM and frog
Khushi Baby, a necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunization, and SoaPen, a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging handwashing, have won the Wearables for Good challenge run by UNICEF, ARM and frog.
9. The case of Prospera Digital: Digital tools and data driven strategies to transform the largest social program in Mexico – Part 1
Did you know that Prospera is the largest social program in Mexico and the second largest Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) in the world? Learn how UNICEF Mexico is implementing Prospera Digital using RapidPro technology to help improve maternal and newborn health programs in Mexico.
10. La Caixa Foundation, UNICEF launch new partnership to fight childhood pneumonia
In November 2015, La Caixa Foundation pledged to give UNICEF a 5 million euro contribution to identify innovative ways to improve the diagnosis of pneumonia among children.
11. UNICEF launches Social Innovation Lab to address challenges affecting children in Myanmar
In Myanmar, UNICEF launched the Social Innovation Lab, a creative space which brings youth, academics, business experts, and policymakers together to design innovative solutions to the challenges affecting children’s lives across Myanmar.
12. EduTrac officially launches in the Central African Republic
EduTrac, a real-time data collection system that uses SMS for school-related information, has officially launched in the Central African Republic. Across the country, EduTrac makes the data collection process for school headmasters faster and more efficient.