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The UNICEF Innovation Lab Website

The UNICEF Innovation Lab Website

A few months ago, we published a DIY guide to creating your own Innovation Lab.  Of course, it was a PDF – because we wanted to be able to print obnoxiously over-sized A3, full colour copies and bask in their cyan glow.  Today, we’re happy to announce the accompanying website: […]

UNICEF Innovation Unit Predictions for 2013

UNICEF Innovation Unit Predictions for 2013

Part of our work in UNICEF’s Innovation Unit is looking 3-5 years into the future and getting a sense of trends that will be important for the organization in new types of partnerships, new and accelerated business processes and spaces for new technology to be put against programmatic (operational) challenges. It’s already […]

How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups?

How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups?

UNICEF Tech Innovation co-lead Erica Kochi writes a guest post for TechCrunch on how to scale your social innovation startup. You’re a social entrepreneur wanting to change the world, but are having a hard time scaling your promising idea and achieving lasting impact. Many social innovation startups face similar challenges. This piece provides […]

Blue is the Color of the Playground

Blue is the Color of the Playground

In early 2012, UNICEF’s Bangladesh and Haiti Country Offices began to test P.L.A.Y., an innovative play and recreation pilot project that brings portable play activities and equipment to extremely vulnerable and deprived children in emergency context. Mobile playground units consisting of giant blue foam blocks empower children to influence and […]

My work with the UNICEF Innovation Unit

My work with the UNICEF Innovation Unit

My work with the UNICEF Innovation Unit (end of term post by Laura Tedesco) I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience and work with the UNICEF Innovation Unit. If I would have to summarise my thoughts in 3 small descriptions about my permanence with the Innovation […]

Design to Eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

by John Ryan (UNICEF Fellow) and Erica Kochi Today at the mHealth Summit, UNICEF, frog and partners (Johnson & Johnson, Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundations and the mHealth Alliance) launched the report on mHealth strategies to strengthen collaboration and increase the impact of elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) initiatives.  The report […]

Innovation in Procurement

Innovation in Procurement

On the morning of 1 November 2012, a group of 30 experts convened at UNICEF Supply Division Copenhagen for the UNICEF Innovation Leaders’ Consortium. This session, which aimed to tackle challenges in pre-commercial procurement, was the first innovation-oriented workshop held at UNICEF’s Copenhagen Innovation Lab. A combination of UNICEF staff […]