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How The Future of Mobile Lies in the Developing World

UNICEF Tech Innovation co-lead Erica Kochi writes a guest post for TechCrunch on how there are vast opportunities for network operators, handset developers, and mobile startups in the developing world. The patterns of mobile phone use in developing countries are vastly different from what you see on the streets of […]

Talk from Internet at Liberty 2012

The following talk as given by Chrisopher Fabian at Internet at Liberty 2012 in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Google. Good morning. UNICEF is the world’s leading organization advocating for, and ensuring the rights of children – particularly the most vulnerable. My name is Chris Fabian and I co-lead the innovation team […]

UNICEF’s Digital Drum – Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions

UNICEF’s Digital Drum has been chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011. The Digital Drum is designed to help rural communities that have difficulty getting information about health, education and other issues. These solar powered computer kiosks, which come loaded with educational content, are made of […]

The Messy Art of Saving the World

International development and governance projects have a notorious track record. Every day, it seems, we hear another report of foreign aid siphoned off by corrupt officials and projects losing money to bureaucracy and inefficiency. Take this story, published last year in The New York Times: The Egyptian government, hoping to increase […]

uReport: Citizen Feedback via SMS in Uganda

uReport: Citizen Feedback via SMS in Uganda

For aid organizations, knowing what local communities and beneficiaries want and need is the key to running successful, sustainable programs. In Uganda, UNICEF is using mobile phones and broadcast media to get direct feedback from Ugandans on everything from medication access to water sanitation. The project, called uReport, allows users […]

Project Mwana on ChangeObserver

Project Mwana on ChangeObserver

For mothers and newborns, early medical diagnostic testing is critical to health, especially for detecting and treating HIV/AIDS. But in some developing countries, sending and receiving a blood sample from an extremely remote location is an arduous task that can take between two and five months. Project Mwana, a collaboration […]