Tag: Technology

On 19 January 2017 in Jordan, (foreground) Bashar, 11, grins while using a laptop computer at a UNICEF supported Makani centre in the Zaíatari camp for Syrian refugees, in Mafraq Governorate, near the Syrian border. ìI love watching cartoons, and want to learn to make animations one day,î says Bashar, who regularly visits the centre. More than 80,000 people currently shelter in the Zaíatari camp. Over half of them are children.

Primero is an open source technology platform enabling governments, aid agencies and social service workers to provide life-saving services and conduct case management for most vulnerable children was launched by key players in the humanitarian sector including UNFPA, UNHCR, the International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, and UNICEF in February 2017. Primero was created as a case management tool that enables social workers in the field to manage children displaced by conflict and provide them with a means to access basic services including family reunification in their host communities. 

Children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of those who have sought refuge outside their countries of birth. 28 million children have been driven from their homes by violence and conflict within and across borders, including 10 million child refugees; 1 million asylum-seekers whose refugee status has not yet been determined; and an estimated 17 million children displaced within their own countries ñ they are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and access to critical services. 

In response to humanitarian crisis Primero is preparing for scale in humanitarian settings in host communities Lebanon, Jordan and the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Primero is also being adapted and deployed for the case management of most vulnerable children in non-humanitarian contexts, more broadly. It is a highly configurable web application and mobile app that can run on a laptop, a privately-hosted server, or in a managed cloud

August 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during August. Click away. Hurricane Irma: U-Report works to protect children A truly global effort. Within 24 hours of receiving the warning about Hurricane Irma, […]

Bangladesh, 2015: A beneficiary mother and child are enjoying the launching ceremony of a mobile based conditional cash programme  © UNICEF/UNI200075/Kiron

How FinTech can benefit children & families

Written by: Emily Middleton. This post introduces the research and exploration UNICEF Office of Innovation is leading on financial technology, in collaboration with country offices and other teams within UNICEF. Imagine if a vulnerable mother in Jordan could receive welfare payments by scanning her iris at a nearby ATM, instead of […]

UNICEF Ventures: Exploring Smart Contracts

UNICEF Ventures: Exploring Smart Contracts

One way to re-shape online transactions is in lowering the “cost of trust”; in effect, improving how parties transfer assets across the Internet. For UNICEF Ventures – where we assess and prototype emerging technology that can provide a portfolio of solutions to our organization as early-stage tech matures – this […]

"Community awareness at Vaemali Health Center, Epi Island, Vanuatu"
July 27, 2017: Dr. Ridwan Gustiana from UNICEF (cold supply chain planning expert) talking to health workers and the community about vaccine delivery tests (photo: Christian Vazquez)

Drones For Good – Participants in Vanuatu Drone Trial Take Vaccines to the Skies

In a first for the Pacific region, a trial is underway to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to remote communities in Vanuatu.  The humanitarian application of ‘drones-for-good’ is a compelling use-case, and the trial aims to assess technologies and operators that can help […]

June 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

June 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during June. Click away. Africa’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor launched in Malawi by Government and UNICEF On the 29th June 2017, the Government of […]

Children outside a flood affected school library in 2013. Cambodia is among one of the most disaster prone countries in the world
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New innovations protecting lives in flood-prone Cambodia

By James Happell, Technology for Development Manager – People in Need, Cambodia Seasonal flooding is a perpetual challenge for the people of Cambodia, a country consistently ranked as one of the most vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. Floods in 2013 covered almost half the country and affected nearly 1.7 […]

AI algorithms can compare night-time and day-time satellite images to measure levels of poverty. Credit: Joshua Stevens/NASA Goddard SFC

AI summit aims to help world’s poorest

The original story was published on Nature.com on 06 June 2017. Written by Declan Butler. View the full and original story here.  Nature.com opens the discussion about Artificial Intelligence and how the AI revolution has yet to offer much help to the 3 billion people globally who live in poverty. First up, […]