Global Innovation Centre (GIC)

Innovations Field Diary: Overcoming a constant fear in Mukuru Nyayo, Nairobi

Innovations Field Diary: Overcoming a constant fear in Mukuru Nyayo, Nairobi

  Mukuru, Nairobi, 16 April 2016 – Fire sensors is not the first thing I would think of as a necessary innovation for Nairobi’s sprawling informal communities. Probably not even among the top ten needs I would have considered. After a recent visit to Mukuru, however, I was convinced otherwise. […]

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 […]

Chancellor of Tsinghua University Dr Chen Xu (third from left) and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt (fourth from right) shake hands after signing a long-term partnership to leverage the use of innovation, design and technology to help reach some of the world’s most disadvantaged children at a ceremony in Tsinghua campus on 21 March, 2016. UNICEF/China/2016/Wu Kaixiang

Tsinghua University and UNICEF launch innovation partnership to help reach some of the world’s most disadvantaged children

The partnership includes the establishment of the Tsinghua Global Innovation Centre for Children BEIJING, March 22, 2016 – Tsinghua University and UNICEF announced a new long-term partnership to leverage the use of innovation, design and technology, in helping to reach some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children across the world. The […]

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 […]

El director del Centro de Innovación para la Infancia de Unicef, el doctor Sharad Sapra.  Foto: Cortesía de RTVE.ES

Sharad Sapra (UNICEF): “Poner cerebros a trabajar conjuntamente es algo tan simple como tener un móvil y SMS”

El artículo original fue publicado el 25 de febrero de 2016. Escrito por Samuel A. Pilar. Lee el artículo completo aquí. UNICEF, el Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia, trabaja desde hace más de dos años en un centro de innovación con el fin de mejorar la vida de la infancia más vulnerable por medio […]

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Accone

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Accone

Tanya Accone, Senior Adviser on Innovation and Deputy of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre. Bangkok, Thailand. Tell us a bit about your background. I’m fourth-generation Chinese born in South Africa. Most of my ancestors came to South Africa from China to practice traditional medicine and manage trading businesses. Like all non-white […]