Global Innovation Centre Initiatives

Students in a Government Primary School Sheikh Maula Gambat, Khairpur district, Sindh province, Pakistan. ©Asad Zaidi

UNICEF Works with U-Reporters to improve menstrual hygiene for girls and women in Pakistan

Pakistan – July 2017 – Hira Hafeez- Ur- Rehman Talking about menstruation should not make people, particularly young girls, and boys – feel uneasy, or embarrassed. Menstruation is a normal, major stage of puberty in girls. However, many girls in Pakistan and around the world still feel ashamed to talk about […]

Sompong (Kompong Speu). 30/04/2003: Child assessment, part of UNICEF "Seth Koma" (Child's Rights) program. All children under 5 are registered and weighed, while at the same time, health education and immunisation is provided.

Harnessing mobile technology to improve birth registration systems in Cambodia

The original story was published in UNICEF Connect East Asia & Pacific on 27 February 2017. Written by Simon Nazer. View the original article here. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is being used in Cambodia to help ensure fewer children miss out on being registered at birth. Around 25% of all children under 5 years […]

Flood-displaced families sit outside classrooms in a school-turned  refuge camp, after they fled their village from rising floodwaters, on 10 September, 2011, in Badin, Pakistan. More than 17% of children in the flood areas are severely acutely malnourished and 67% of livestock has been destroyed after torrential monsoon rains, reminiscent of the 2010 floods that devastated Pakistan, have reportedly already killed over 200 people, left 300,000 homeless and affected over 7 million. Children are the most vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera in the flood areas due to the loss of clean water and sanitation services. UNICEF has already begun providing humanitarian supplies and is bringing in more over the next days and weeks as the UN and Pakistani government launched the Rapid Response Plan calling for US$356.7 million to address the needs of flood-affected families for the next six months. (UNICEF/2011/Warrick Page)

By 18 September 2011, over 5.4 million people, including 2.7 million children, had been affected by monsoon rains and flooding. In Sindh Province, 665,821 houses have been damaged or destroyed. In addition, 824,000 people have been displaced and 248 killed. Affected areas in Balochistan Province have yet to be fully assessed. Many government schools have been turned into temporary shelters, and countless water sources have been contaminated. Over 70 per cent of standing crops and nearly 14,000 livestock have been destroyed in affected areas, where 80 per cent of the population relies on agriculture for food and income. Affected communities are also threatened by measles, acute watery diarrhoea, hepatitis and other communicable diseases. The crisis comes one year after the country’s 2010 monsoon-related flooding disaster, which covered up to one fifth of the country in flood water and affected more than 18 million people, half of them children. Families are still recovering from the earlier emergency, which aggravated levels of chronic m

Establishing a Baseline of school safety practices using RapidPro real-time SMS technology in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

By Elliot McBride Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan Floods, terror attacks, earthquakes, and medical emergencies are the most common types of disasters identified by UNICEF Pakistan’s Disaster Risk Reduction unit for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. These disasters pose a threat to the safety of many schools and school children within KP. To […]

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

Press Release Islamabad, 23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan. The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship […]

John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps

RapidCon 2016 brings RapidPro tech development community together

By: Evan Wheeler & Katharine McFadden  RapidCon is a conference that brings together technology vendors and partners with the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre to discuss the technical evolution of RapidPro’s architecture. RapidCon provides a way to orient new vendors on LTAs (long-term agreements for services) to the RapidPro ecosystem and to identify vendor […]