Global Innovation Centre Initiatives


USAID mHealth compendium features mHealth that scales

Produced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and published on May 2016, the full publication can be viewed in the mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale. To read the full publication, click here. Due to the rapid growth in access to mobile phones and networks, opportunities […]

social case managers share experiences

Designing for Children in Myanmar

Designing for Children in Myanmar: Improving Case Management Services through Design By Klaus Oberbauer, UNICEF Myanmar Innovation Lead In January 2016, the UNICEF Myanmar Child Protection section started a partnership with Point B Design + Training (Point B) to train social case managers from the Department of Social Welfare with […]

Amina, raise her hand to give answer to the question asked by the teacher in her Urdu class in UNICEF sported child friendly, Government girls elementary school, Kot Azam Khan, Kasur District, Punjab province Pakistan. Photographer: Asad Zaidi

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From 30 to 660 U-Ambassadors, follow U-Report PakAvaz’s journey

U-Report PakAvaz is UNICEF’s flagship program in Pakistan. U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Pakistanis to speak out on issues within communities across the country and work together with other community leaders for positive change. Establishing U-Report in Pakistan initially, we selected thirty young individuals between the […]

Star Wars: Force For Change Supports UNICEF Innovation Labs in Myanmar

Star Wars: Force For Change Supports UNICEF Innovation Labs in Myanmar

Myanmar is changing fast — and this means getting used to new and different ways of thinking. It also means new opportunities. For UNICEF, Myanmar’s transition presents an opportunity — and challenge — to meaningfully engage young people as active citizens. One important step forward has been to establish the […]

Agent X: Event games with RapidPro

Agent X: Event games with RapidPro

By Elliot McBride, Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan  On February 4, UNICEF Pakistan officially launched U-Report: Pak Avaz. It was a long awaited moment after negotiations between with Mobile Network Operators, Aggregators, implementing partners and many different UNICEF sections. The launch was held at a hotel in Islamabad, with all credit […]

On 4 June, a health worker looks at cholera alerts on a mobile telephone in Nyanza Lac, a cholera endemic area in southern Burundi. The information is being provided via RapidPro, a free SMS-based system developed with UNICEF support, which allows local health workers to send alerts to a central database as soon as a new cholera case is detected, track and monitor new cases and report on progress in hospitalized cases.

On 5 June 2015 in Burundi, civil unrest in the country since April has led over 90,000 Burundians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda – and has raised humanitarian concerns, especially for children and women. The large influx of refugees into the United Republic of Tanzania has resulted in overcrowding and limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene, posing a threat of disease spread, including cholera. A recent cholera ouatbreak in the country, spread from Burundian refugees returning from the United Republic of Tanzania or through people who have had contact with refugees, has affected 75 people and resulted in 5 deaths. Although the outbreak has been stabilized, a significant risk of disease resurgence remains. UNICEF is working with the Government and partners, including other United Nations organizations, on both sides of the border, and has dispatched cholera treatment supplies, including cholera kits (for management of up to 100 cholera cases per kit) and high-energy food supplements, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health and nutrition items in response to the outbreak. UNICEF is also supporting the use of communications tools for the management of cholera cases and is providing information to raise awareness and promote prevention measures, such as handwashing with soap, at health centres and within communities to help prevent spread of the disease. As part of its 2015 Humanitarian Action for Children,

An aficionado’s guide for RapidPro (and other life lessons)

The original blog post was published on 7 March 2016 on RapidPro’s blog. To view the original article, click here. Written by Elliot McBride, Innovation Lead, UNICEF Pakistan The 2016 International Development Design Summit in Lahore, showcased some of the brightest young minds in innovation whilst testing them against the […]