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In action: AAC Cohort  startups working together to discuss the gaps and opportunities opportunities for collaboration to support the broader accessibility ecosystem. ©UNICEF/AriamMogos

Key Takeaways: UNICEF Innovation Fund Accessibility Cohort Gathering

UNICEF’s Innovation Fund goes beyond just offering seed funding to its companies. We connect them to UNICEF’s community of global experts and partners – and to each other, providing pathways to accelerate their solutions to market and connecting solutions to each other to build globally scalable platforms. On February 5-7, […]

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UNICEF Innovate: 2018 Davos Roundup

23-26 January , 2018 – UNICEF Innovation Futures Lead & WEF Global Future Council on Human Rights chair – Erica Kochi joins world leaders, industry experts, and changemakers at Davos 2018’s “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” to discuss the opportunities and implications of  emerging technologies — and the responsibility […]

Nursing Officer Pauline Nalutaaya collects and sends the weekís public health data to the district headquarters at Butenga Health Centre IV, in Bukomansimbi District, via mTrac. Health workers are sending weekly health reports using the service, minimizing costs previously related to paper-based reporting.

In September 2013, an innovative government-led initiative known as mTrac is helping to improve the quality of health care and better save children's lives in Uganda. Launched by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and other partners, mTrac uses basic mobile phones and Rapid SMS text messaging to monitor and track disease prevalence, drug stocks, health-service delivery and other health-related issues in real time, including in many of the countryís most remote areas. Currently, more than 10 million mobile phone users have the ability to engage with the Government in monitoring health services using the service. Digital innovations, including Ugandaís mTrac, are helping countries to reduce child mortality and support the global movement ëA Promise Renewedí. As of 12 September, 176 governments have signed the ëCommitting to Child Survival: A Promise Renewedí pledge, and thousands of civil society groups and private individuals have mobilized actions and resources in support of the goal of ending preventable child deaths within a generation. Uganda is among 15 low-income countries that have achieved reductions in under-five mortality of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 live births since 1990.

UNICEF looks to scale real time monitoring systems using open source technology to 110 countries by 2021.

By Raquel Wexler and Ye Wang UNICEF aims to scale up national real-time monitoring systems in 110 countries by 2021, starting with an initiative to support 11 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and East and South Africa regions through the scale up of RapidPro. US$3 million […]

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Expression of Interest (EOI): Technical Advisory Services related to Unnamed Aerial Systems (UAS)

Expression of Interest (EOI): Technical Advisory Services related to Unnamed Aerial Systems (UAS). Register as a vendor here: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/66964 Deadline: 30 Jan 2018 Process info: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Pages/RegistrationProcess BACKGROUND Expressions of interests are invited from organisations (private companies, academic intuitions or NGO’s) with proven capacity to provide technical advisory services related to development […]

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U-Report Cote d’Ivoire Ignites a Youth Movement: 5 lessons on creating content to equitably engage girls and boys

AUTHORS: Sophie Chavanel, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Communications Norman Muhwezi, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Innovation Lead In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 50% of our population are under the age of 25. These 14 million young activists and changemakers within their community represent the generation that will lead progress towards a […]

Job Opportunity: Research Scientist, Machine Learning Specialist, Office of Innovation

Job Opportunity: Research Scientist, Machine Learning Specialist, Office of Innovation

Role: Research Scientist, Machine Learning Specialist, Office of Innovation Job Number: 510041 | Vacancy Link Locations: Headquarters Locations: United States of America Work Type: Consultancy Duration: 6 months half-time (up to 63 working days) Duty Station: NYHQ Level: Individual contract (equivalent to P3) UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every […]

(Left) Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits on a bed in a room of her home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, with Dehana Estime, 17, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday 15 September 2017.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean between Wednesday 6 September and Sunday 10 September, is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

Needs assessments are underway across all the islands affected by Hurricane Irma. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents. As of 14 September 2017, 132 schools are potentially affected in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos islands.

Digital volunteers deliver lifesaving information during Hurricane Irma

By James Powell, U-Report Lead Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits with her friend in her home which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands. UNICEF/UN0121875/Moreno Gonzalez They came in three. Hurricane’s Irma, Jose and Maria battered their way through the Caribbean and Southern Florida last […]

Job Opportunity: Technical Project Coordinator (Unmanned Aerial Systems Specialist)

Job Opportunity: Technical Project Coordinator (Unmanned Aerial Systems Specialist)

Role: Technical Project Coordinator (Unmanned Aerial Systems Specialist) Job no: 510019 Work type: Consultancy Location: Kazakhstan Categories: Emergency Programme, Information Communication Technology, Consultancy, Innovation, Programme Management UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their […]