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The UN crowdsources innovations to improve refugee services

When the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) wanted to help Syrian war victims and the other 10.5 million refugees and 42.5 million forcibly displaced people the agency serves get better access to their services, they did what many large bureaucracies do: Hire an outside vendor. But in the UNHCR’s case, […]

An interview in Sweden’s leading financial magazine

One single SMS can make the difference between life and death for a new-born in Nigeria. UNICEF’s innovation guru Christopher Fabian constantly finds new solutions to protect the world’s children using the latest technology. His answer to the question “which problem is the most important to solve” when talking about […]

CNN reports on Uganda Innovation Lab – video

CNN describes the Uganda Innovation Lab as the place “where great minds and unusual materials combine”. The CNN video shows what the Lab does in order to provide new tools for Ugandan children to access the Ugandan educational curriculum even though not everyone can attend school. Children are excited and learn outside educational […]

Backpacks that save lives – Backpack PLUS on The Huffington Post

Summer is winding down. Store shelves are stocked with notebooks and pencils instead of sunscreen and beach balls. And for most kids, the essential back-to-school purchase is the almighty backpack. If you’re going to carry books and lunch to school, you’d better have something durable — and fashionable! — strapped […]

Global Development Needs Designer Skills (Good.is)

“Development is being disrupted,” says Raj Kumar, president of DevEx, a site devoted to helping the international development community deliver foreign aid more efficiently and effectively. Beyond the buzz generated by the “social entrepreneurship” and “impact investing” communities, I’ve seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past […]

MobiStation (Digital School in a Box) and RapidFTR on IRIN

  Difficulty reaching conflict- or disaster-hit communities slows down aid delivery, hampers assessment and can lead to groups in remote areas being left out of the aid equation altogether. But new technology, while not a panacea, is helping to remove access barriers.” Aid agencies are increasingly seeking innovative solutions to […]

UNICEF Encourages the Use of Educational Technology

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations’ leading organisation that specialises in helping children, launched a new guide book named the Child Friendly Technology (CFT) framework. The CFT framework, introduced on 6 August, will be used to develop innovative solutions with a focus on education.” http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/08/07/unicef-encourages-the-use-of-educational-technology/