Originally posted on the GSMA blog on 24 February 2016. Written by Christopher Fabian, Co-Lead, UNICEF Innovation. To read the complete blog post, click here.
I have never really liked the term “developing country” – or “developing economy.” We’re all “developing,” and the idea of a world in some asymmetrical balance doesn’t seem to reflect the complexities of 2016. I do however like the idea of a “developing country” if it’s developing solutions, developing technology, and developing pools of talent that can solve global problems. UNICEF’s Innovation Unit looks at creating partnerships, collaborations, and networks that take advantage of new brains and new business opportunities and builds solutions for children – globally.
Most of the innovations we work on include some level of technology. Technology can be used to strengthen and extend formal systems (government, civil society) that are weak. However, we’ve learned time and again that technology works best when it’s built where those systems are weakest. Building technology in places where it is most needed not only helps solve immediate problems, but also creates communities of problem solvers who are empowered, connected, and able to look towards fixing the next issue, and the issue after that.
To read the complete blog post, click here.