Global Innovation Centre (GIC)

This diagram is based on the Python packages with class definitions, available through the github website of the project, that was accessed on May 15th (https://github.com/rapidpro/rapidpro).

Discovering the endless possibilities with U-Report Big Data

By Deborah Cristina Vera-Cruz, @DeborahVeraCruz I have just finished an amazing 6-week volunteer program with the Innovation Unit at NYHQ. It has been an enriching and rewarding experience, to work with the team and be able to contribute to the great work that is being done – bringing innovative solutions […]

U-Report: Fighting Diseases Across Borders

U-Report: Fighting Diseases Across Borders

The original abstract was published on USAID’s mHealth Compendium, Fifth Edition. To read the full report, click here. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, UNICEF identified a need to improve information communication flows between relevant government ministries and the affected communities.This need was identified in Nigeria, where U-Report already existed […]

mHero: Connecting and empowering health workers through mobile phones in Liberia

mHero: Connecting and empowering health workers through mobile phones in Liberia

The original abstract was published on USAID’s mHealth Compendium, Fifth Edition. To read the full report, click here. Severe shortages of qualified health workers and poor communication and coordination among those on the front lines have exacerbated the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.These challenges were hindering the delivery […]

In a meeting where the UNICEF team defined EduTrac indicators with the Ministry of Education. The Ministry was enthusiastic about the EduTrac initiative.  © UNICEF CAR 2015/KIM

Using SMS to Reach Schools in Five Minutes in a Conflict-Affected Country

By Ye Ra KIM,  Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications Officer | Education Programme | UNICEF Bangui Central African Republic EduTrac is an innovative system that uses SMS for the real-time monitoring of schools. It helps the Ministry of Education better understand the situation in schools even in the most hard-to-reach […]

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Uganda’s ICT Innovations are now replicable

Originally published on 27 May 2015, on The East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network (EAPHLN) website. To read the original article, click here.  Article By Sean Blaschke and Thomas Alinaitwe The recent Ebola Outbreak in West Africa was a wake-up call for many governments in Sub-Saharan Africa. In many instances, […]

UNICEF wants to use Silicon Valley’s brain to solve humanitarian issues

UNICEF wants to use Silicon Valley’s brain to solve humanitarian issues

Originally published on Silicon Valley Business Journal on 18 May, 2015. To read original story, click here. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wants to tap Silicon Valley’s penchant for finding clever solutions to difficult problems in order to face challenges as complex as bringing health services to developing countries. […]

Dr. Sharad Sapra, UNICEFÕs Principal Advisor and Director of UNICEFÕs Global Innovation Centre addresses participants at the first UNICEF Activate event at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda. #UNICEFactivate

On February 28, 2014, Uganda became the first of many countries to host ÒACTIVATE TalksÓ to engage people to contribute to UNICEFÕs digital State of the WorldÕs Children 2014 Report: ÔInnovating for Children, Innovating for EquityÕ to be published on 20 November, the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Sharad Sapra shares his overview of the innovation challenges at the Ebola Innovation Summit

 On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in partnership with the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted the Ebola Innovation Summit in San Francisco.  Below, the transcript of the speech given by Sharad Sapra, Principal Advisor & Director of the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre. […]

Making schools safer in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak

Making schools safer in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak

Originally posted on UNICEF’s Connect blog on May 6, 2015 by Wellington Mushayi. To read the original article, click here.   When the President of Sierra Leone announced that schools would reopen this Spring even if Ebola cases weren’t down to zero, we knew we were in for a challenge. There […]

On left wearing a green shirt, Christopher Fabian, Co-Lead of UNICEF's Innovation Unit talks with (second right) UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull at the launch of UNICEF's Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund.
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UNICEF Innovation from start-up to scale-up: tackling global challenges with creative solutions

Download UNICEF Innovations brochure here. By Aparna Rau NEW YORK, 8 May 2015 – At UNICEF, Innovation is not just another buzz word used casually, but a serious practice being followed by a team of experts around the world who are working hard to find sustainable solutions to the problems faced […]