Global Innovation Centre Initiatives

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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 […]

(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 […]

Social Innovators from 22 Country Offices gather in Kosovo to create UPSHIFT 2.0

Social Innovators from 22 Country Offices gather in Kosovo to create UPSHIFT 2.0

by Lisar Morina & Katherine Crisp Prishtina, Kosovo — UNICEF Kosovo and UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre, brought together stakeholders from more than 22 countries including Vietnam, Guatemala, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Georgia and Indonesia to support the development and enhancement of UPSHIFT. This 3-day workshop was an opportunity to bring together perspectives from across […]

Health workers harness real-time data to support Indonesia’s largest immunization campaign

Health workers harness real-time data to support Indonesia’s largest immunization campaign

By Tanya Accone @accone – Insights from a recent field mission at Bandung Barat District in West Java Province. Indonesia has the fourth highest number of underimmunized children in the world — 1.9 million. It also has a government determined to take action to improve immunization coverage. Together with UNICEF, […]

U-Report Improves Access to Information in Mozambique — By Girls, For Girls

U-Report Improves Access to Information in Mozambique — By Girls, For Girls

By: Nelson Rodrigues, UNICEF Mozambique Innovation Specialist Massimiliano Sani, UNICEF Mozambique Adolescent Development Specialist   Where we started: Two years ago we realized that girls in Mozambique had few places to access free, reliable and confidential information about Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with Government counterparts, a national […]

Internally displaced women and girls gather around water taps as they fill containers at the Dalori camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, Friday 3 March 2017.

The prolonged humanitarian crisis in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency has had a devastating impact on food security and nutrition in northeast Nigeria, leading to famine-like conditions in some areas, according to a World Food Programme (WFP) situation report from late February 2017. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) projects that by June 2017 some 5.1 million people in Nigeria will be food insecure at crisis and emergency levels. As of 15 March 2017, over the past 12 months, UNICEF and partners have provided safe water to nearly 666,000 people and treated nearly 170,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the three conflict-affected northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. As part of cholera preparedness, UNICEF and other WASH Sector partners are building the capacity of government and NGOs on cholera response and developing contingency plans with other stakeholders before the rainy season starting mid-April. Prepositioning of supplies for cholera response and mapping cholera hotspots are part of the preventive measures that are being planned.

UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches two million Nigerian responders

More than half global U-Report responders are in Nigeria ABUJA, 16 October 2017 – U-Report, UNICEF’s unique social media platform to engage with communities on issues that affect them, surpassed two million registered responders in Nigeria today. U-Report uses simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages and social media to reach communities […]

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Internet of Good Things helps build the foundation for early learning in Eastern and Southern Africa

Written by: Guillaume Michels UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAR) Communication and Early Education sections teamed up with UNICEF Office of Innovation’s Global Innovation Centre team to build and promote Early Education information, activities and Care Practices for Child Development with the Internet of Good Things (IoGT) mobile service. Children’s […]