Tag: UNICEF Innovation

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Iranian experts from public and private sectors come together to form the country’s first ever ‘Innovation for Children Initiative’ with UNICEF support

On Monday 25th June 2018, a very diverse range of enthusiastic individuals came together in Tehran to exchange ideas on finding innovative solutions for problems facing children and adolescents in Iran. More than 120 experts from a variety of government bodies, civil society, UN and the private sector including start-up […]

About us: UNICEF Innovation

About us: UNICEF Innovation

    What We Do UNICEF’s Office of Innovation works with partners – and through UNICEF’s network of global problem solvers – to tackle the big challenges and take advantage of the big opportunities facing the world’s children. Focusing on where new markets meet vital needs, we’ve partnered with leaders […]

Cynthia McCaffrey, director of the Office of Global Innovation at the United
Nations Children's Fund. Photo by: UNICEF

Innovation at UNICEF: Do it for the kids

Written By Catherine Cheney. The original story was published in Devex on 30 March 2018. Access original article here. SAN FRANCISCO — Ask about the leaders in innovation for international development, and you are likely to hear about the United Nations Children’s Fund, in part because it launched its innovation unit […]

Internally displaced women and girls gather around water taps as they fill containers at the Dalori camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, Friday 3 March 2017.

The prolonged humanitarian crisis in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency has had a devastating impact on food security and nutrition in northeast Nigeria, leading to famine-like conditions in some areas, according to a World Food Programme (WFP) situation report from late February 2017. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) projects that by June 2017 some 5.1 million people in Nigeria will be food insecure at crisis and emergency levels. As of 15 March 2017, over the past 12 months, UNICEF and partners have provided safe water to nearly 666,000 people and treated nearly 170,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the three conflict-affected northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. As part of cholera preparedness, UNICEF and other WASH Sector partners are building the capacity of government and NGOs on cholera response and developing contingency plans with other stakeholders before the rainy season starting mid-April. Prepositioning of supplies for cholera response and mapping cholera hotspots are part of the preventive measures that are being planned.

UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches two million Nigerian responders

More than half global U-Report responders are in Nigeria ABUJA, 16 October 2017 – U-Report, UNICEF’s unique social media platform to engage with communities on issues that affect them, surpassed two million registered responders in Nigeria today. U-Report uses simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages and social media to reach communities […]

Meet our 2017 Summer Fellows

Meet our 2017 Summer Fellows

Summer at UNICEF’s Office Innovation is always exciting. We get to welcome talented fellows who lend their expertise to support us on current and future projects. Over the past three months, they’ve enriched our team’s work and culture through sharing their fresh perspectives, unique personalities, and creative ideas. Instead of […]

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Chris Szymczak

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Chris Szymczak

Chris Szymczak, Event & VR Lead, UNICEF Office of Innovation, NYHQ. Follow him on Twitter: @theentreflaneur Tell us a bit about your background. Right now? It’s the Hudson River on New York’s West Side – as I am writing this from the Hudson River pier. Also, I graduated from law […]

Using Innovative sensor technology to evaluate ‘Handwashing with Ananse’ Games

Using Innovative sensor technology to evaluate ‘Handwashing with Ananse’ Games

By Sylvester Baffoe, M&E Officer, UNICEF Ghana Pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases are one of the major causes of death for children under five in Ghana. In 2015 alone, over 10,000 children under five in Ghana died from pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases. Handwashing with soap and water (HWWS) is a proven intervention […]