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The case of Prospera Digital: Digital tools and data driven strategies to transform the largest social program in Mexico – Part 2

The case of Prospera Digital: Digital tools and data driven strategies to transform the largest social program in Mexico – Part 2

Prospera is a nationwide program that benefits more than 30 million Mexicans in poverty. Every two months, the head of the beneficiary household—over 95% are women—receive (CCTs) from the governments’ program under the condition that their children attend school regularly and take their children to visit the clinic. As a […]

The case of Prospera Digital: Digital tools and data driven strategies to transform the largest social program in Mexico – Part 1

The case of Prospera Digital: Digital tools and data driven strategies to transform the largest social program in Mexico – Part 1

Approximately 7 million Mexican families with a per capita monthly income below the minimum welfare line (USD $55 for rural areas and USD$85 for urban areas) receive Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) under the government´s Prospera program. Prospera is a nationwide program that benefits more than 30 million Mexicans in poverty. […]

Jessica Tribbe, a UNICEF Uganda Innovation Lab team member, projects a text book with the Mobistation, a portable technology platform which can be powered by solar, generator, or grid power. Seeta CU school, Mukono district, Uganda. 14-02-2014   PHOTO/ Michele Sibiloni.

6 UNICEF Innovations: From strengthening health systems in real-time to empowering youth to speak up

By UNICEF Innovation #uinnovate For us, innovation at UNICEF means doing something different that adds value. This also means that we need to be agile so we can  adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children. At UNICEF, we use innovation to create solutions that strengthen our work in child […]

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Mobile Phones Saving Lives

Kedoya Utara is one of the poorer neighborhoods in Jakarta. Sitting between megamalls and skyscrapers, this area struggles with makeshift living conditions, polluted waterways and unreliable electricity. There is one subject of particular concern in Kedoya Utara – immunization rates among children are very low. This puts them at the […]

New Emerge Partnership launched to incentivize innovation

New Emerge Partnership launched to incentivize innovation

Government and industry seek to kick-start rapid growth Budapest, 13 October 2015 – The new Emerge Partnership was launched today at ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, bringing together a core group of stakeholders to provide thought-leadership and best-practice advice to help inform government policy-making. Emerge Partners will be actively engaged in supporting innovation and […]

Expanding learning opportunities for refugee children: Uganda’s DigiSchool Pilot

Expanding learning opportunities for refugee children: Uganda’s DigiSchool Pilot

Written by Eun-Young Jeong, Education Officer, UNICEF Uganda UGANDA, September 2015 – Textbooks are rare possessions for children living in northern Uganda’s resource-impoverished refugee settlements. For children here, it’s difficult to imagine life beyond the refugee settlement where they have lived since fleeing from South Sudan when conflict broke out in December […]

Remind MI agent Mildred Kawala records the birth of Lonar Hamuzala's newborn baby boy at the Nameebo Rural Health Centre in Zambia's Southern Province on October 18, 2011.

The volunteers, some of who are PMTCT lay counsellors, are trained to use SMS technology  known as Remind MI (Remind Mother and Infant) in delivering results and reminders to clients of the rural health centre. The system is confidential, the volunteer known as a Remind MI agent goes into the community to tell the client that they are needed at the clinic, the result is revealed by a healthcare worker at the clinic. While this system is effectively being used for the return of early infant diagnosis (EID) results for paediatric HIV/AIDS, it also used to remind about ante-natal visits, and post-natal vaccination routines.

Helping new moms get through 1,000 critical days: from pregnancy to her child’s second birthday

By Pilar Lagos Did you know that over 70 per cent of people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to a mobile phone, and the numbers keep growing? This is good news for many reasons. It enables UNICEF, as well as local governments, to engage with people, especially young people, in […]

Interview with Stuart Campo on the work that UNICEF Innovation is doing to improve services for women and children

Interview with Stuart Campo on the work that UNICEF Innovation is doing to improve services for women and children

Stuart Campo, Innovation Deployment Specialist, UNICEF Global Innovation Centre talks about: how UNICEF got involved in innovation and where it fits into the organisation; its Innovation Labs in Africa; its three programme streams (Access to Information; Youth Engagement and realtime information systems) and examples of the work it does in […]