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Why and How the International Development Community is Going Open

Nathaniel Calhoun works in ICT4D, tweets @codeinnovation and is on the Global Impact Faculty at Singularityu.org. Digital technologies have been disrupting the international aid and development community just as they have been disrupting other industries. A new wave of development work professionals seized this opportunity to build a remarkable, global, high-powered […]

On 14 January 2015 in Liberia, Michelle Abika, holding a poster, inputs information into mobile telephones, in the West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia, the capital. Michelle, a ëU-Reporterí, is helping to raise awareness in the community about Ebola virus disease and how to prevent its spread. U-Report is a text-based communication platform developed by UNICEF and deployed as part of the social mobilization strategy against Ebola virus disease (EVD). Using Short Message Service (SMS) messages, it allows individual subscribers to ask questions about issues, to get real time answers and to share information with other users ñ ëU-reportersí ñ across the country. By giving people a new and effective platform for communication, it is intended to strengthen community-led development, citizen engagement and behavioural change.

Why 500 change-makers from around the world are coming to Helsinki to innovate for children, and why you should join

By Dana Zucker and Pilar Lagos, UNICEF Innovation Communications #uinnovate The world is changing fast. To meet the challenges all children are facing, we need innovations from the ground-up, developed by the people they aim to serve. We also need new types of partnerships and collaborations for scaling startups and […]

Community Forum using SMS – Jokko Initiative, Senegal

Community Forum using SMS – Jokko Initiative, Senegal

The Jokko Initiative is a collaboration between UNICEF and Tostan, an NGO in West Africa that implements human rights-based community empowerment programmes to provide communities with skills and knowledge to improve their lives. The partnership links UNICEF’s reach, resources and technical expertise with Tostan’s ground-level experience and understanding of local realities […]

The Innovation Lab and El Bluff: an experience of multi-sectoral catalysis

The Innovation Lab and El Bluff: an experience of multi-sectoral catalysis

By Ana-Julia Van Bilsen Irías, Innovation intern for UNICEF and the BICU Innovation Lab “It’s amazing, we can finally speak and give our opinion concerning the problems that affect us” Young students from “Instituto Nuevo Amanecer” (INA). The Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua has the lowest indicators compared to the national […]

Nutritional Surveillance – Malawi

Nutritional Surveillance – Malawi

Originally posted on http://www.rapidsms.org in 2013.  UNICEF Malawi deployed RapidSMS to address serious constraints within the national Integrated Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance (INFSS) System, which was facing slow data transmission, incomplete and poor quality data sets, high operational costs and low levels of stakeholder ownership. Health workers now enter a […]

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Talking RapidPro at New York University with World Food Programme

By Pilar Lagos “How many of you have cellphones?” asked RapidPro Global Product Manager, Kidus Asfaw, to a group of Master of Public Health students at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Directors from 11 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras, Peru, Sudan, Guatemala, Ghana […]

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 […]

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Borey Ratana tracks a well with a smartphone in Prek Changkran Leu village, Prey Veng province.

Smart technology, smarter wells

The below blog post was originally published on 9 April 2015 on UNICEF Cambodia‘s blog  by Martina Tomassini. To read the original article, click here. EU funds UNICEF/Cambodian Government partnership to map wells with smartphones to enable access to critical information during emergencies PREY VENG, Cambodia, 9 April 2015 – Build an app […]