Tag: UNICEF Global Innovation Centre

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

The original story was published in Science Today on 14 November 2016. Written by Tamika Fellows. View the original article here. UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC) has partnered with Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre to support the research of biological sensors. This study explores the potential of biological sensors to […]

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

Press Release Islamabad, 23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan. The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship […]

CMO Council Launches Global Innovation Ecosystem To Help UNICEF

CMO Council Launches Global Innovation Ecosystem To Help UNICEF

Originally posted on PR Newswire on 18 May, 2015. To read the original article, click here. SAN JOSE, Calif., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council today announced the launch of a global CauseTech.net community and portal site, which is part of a new private sector initiative to […]

People attending the launch of UNICEF's Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund listen to a member of UNICEF's Innovation team (wearing blue) explain the RapidFTR system. RapidFTR is a versatile open-source mobile phone application and data storage system that streamlines and expedites documentation, tracing and reunification of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in emergency situations by collecting, sorting and sharing information on UASC on mobile technology. RapidFTR is specifically designed for tracing and reunification in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and during on-going recovery, and has been field-tested in the Philippines, South Sudan, and Uganda.

On 7 May 2015, UNICEF launches Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund at UNICEF House to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children. So far, over USD $9 million has been raised to support the Global Innovation Centre and the new Innovation Fund - allowing UNICEF’s seven-year old Innovation team to adapt successful approaches to improve the lives of children in the poorest places. Approximately 300 innovative projects focusing on priority issues to promote the survival, growth, and development of children and reduce inequity are currently in development.  UNICEF country offices that are piloting innovation programmes will now be able to apply to access the Innovation Fund – a pooled funding mechanism – which will allow them to generate sufficient evidence and results to facilitate the expansion of the programme across countries or regions. The fund model is based on successful venture investment structures including a focus on early-stage investments, a portfolio approach, and meeting selection criteria for investment. Founding members of the Innovation Fund – which currently holds USD $4 million – include The Walt Disney Company and the Government of Denmark. The pioneering funding from both entities will kickstart the wor

UNICEF Innovations: Adolescent Kit

Last week, UNICEF launched the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund in New York. Visitors were able to learn more about UNICEF Innovations that take early stage innovations from start-up to scale-up to reach the lives of the children who need it the most. Jason Robinson talks about the Adolescent Kit […]