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In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during April. Click away.
“I imagine Ghana” incubator programme – meet their 7 changemakers and where they are now
In 2015, UNICEF Ghana partnered with Reach for Change foundation and the European Union to establish the “I imagine Ghana” an innovation incubator programme. Out of the over 200 applications received, 7 innovators were chosen to take part. Click here to find out who they are and what they have accomplished so far.
People with disabilities face barriers in accessing services such as health, education, employment, and transportation. This inequality is further exacerbated during emergencies – as the environment and infrastructure lack design to accommodate their needs. Improvements need to be made. Find out how UNICEF is addressing this here.
Digital innovation to improve child-friendliness of schools in Cambodia
UNICEF, Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), and the Cambodian NGO Open Institute introduced a new monitoring technology which aims to help improve the delivery of a better learning environments and strengthen the role of school inspectors in schools across Cambodia. Find out more here.
Amplifying youth voices to tackle myths and taboos surrounding menstrual hygiene in Pakistan
Adolescent girls in Pakistan are often unaware or unprepared for the onset of menstruation (menarche) – mostly due to a culture of silence surrounding women’s reproductive health issues. U-Report, a social messaging tool, helped amplify the youth’s voices to tackle the myths and taboos surrounding menstrual hygiene in Pakistan. Find out more here.
Providing portable, accurate and child-friendly height & length measurement devices
Knowing a child’s height is important and indicative of a child’s health and nutritional condition. However, there are still limited tools and devices out there which are easily transportable and can collect accurate height measurement data. UNICEF’s project aims to support field workers by encouraging experts and communities to develop height and length measurement devices which are accurate, portable, reliable, and child-friendly. Find out more here.
Are young people prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Are young people prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)? UNICEF’s Erica Kochi shares her thoughts on youth education and the implications of 4IR technologies – during the opening of the World Economic Forum’s “Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” in San Francisco. Read it here.
This “Wearables For Good” handbook aims to bring together design, tech, and social impact communities to create wearable solutions for social good.This handbook showcases use cases to illustrate the opportunities of how wearable tech can help address issues faced by vulnerable communities. Access the handbook here.