The original article was published on Quartz Africa on 3 February 2016. Written by Nafisa Akabor. To read the complete article, click here.

UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, is diversifying its approach to supporting vulnerable youngsters around the world, by launching a fund to back local tech startups in emerging markets.

The $9 million Innovation Fund will support innovators from developing countries with projects that are open source and have a have working prototype. Applications for funding will be assessed on criteria that includes strength of the team, the project’s relevance to children and the ability to see potential future value in the open-source intellectual property being created.