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U-Report Chile: Top 10 lessons learned before launching

Written by Julio C. Dantas, Responsible for forming UNICEF Chile’s participation and innovation areas and  Maria Luisa Sotomayor – UNICEF consultant / U-Report Chile Coordinator. To support young people to influence policies that affect them, UNICEF decided to pilot U-Report this year in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) […]

Village Muhammadpur, Block Babhulgaon, Dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra, INDIA.Children play during their lunch break at The Zilla Parishad Primary School in Muhammadpur Village. The Right to Education Act, which was brought into effect in Maharashtra in 2010, guarantees the right to free and compulsory education for all children up to the age of 14 years. But it is not enough for a child to be enrolled in a school and present in a classroom if he/she is out-of-school in his/her mind and heart. UNICEF has teamed up with MPSP(Maharashtra Prathamik Shiksha Parishad)
 to ensure that every child in Jalna, Wardha and Yavatmal is not only literate but educated, through the programme Let’s Make Our School Child-Friendly. A Child-Friendly School (CFS) is simply one that children want to come to and enjoy studying in. As part of the programme, UNICEF organises training workshops for school heads and teachers in the three districts and shares new ideas and techniques on making learning a more interactive experience, keeping children engaged without the stress of punishment and evaluations. UNICEF India/2013/Dhiraj Singh

Shifting Priorities of Future Innovation: The Crossover of Consumer Products into Wearable Technology for Social Good

Originally published on 30 June, 2015 on the Wearables for Good website. Written by Billie Whitehouse (Wearables Experiments) and Sara Panton (Kovert). To read the original article, click here.    Wearable devices were originally designed as singular purpose complex devices that appealed to the athletically inclined and members of the technology community […]

Job opportunity: Visual Strategy Consultant, New York

Job opportunity: Visual Strategy Consultant, New York

Terms of Reference Title: Visual Strategy Consultant Department: Innovation Unit, Division of Research and Policy Duration: 11.5 months Duty Station: New York, USA BACKGROUND UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. The work in this area is supported by an Innovation Unit in New York that […]

Youth-turned-social mobilizers in Liberia learn how to use social media tools on their cell phones to stay connected while spreading awareness about Ebola prevention in communities. / Eric King, USAID

Fighting Ebola with Information

Originally published on USAID’s blog by Eric King, an Innovation Specialist with the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Digital Development Team. To read the original post, click here.   A room full of young people with heads buried in their phones is not an unfamiliar sight. In fact, this was the […]

U-Report: Fighting Diseases Across Borders

U-Report: Fighting Diseases Across Borders

The original abstract was published on USAID’s mHealth Compendium, Fifth Edition. To read the full report, click here. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, UNICEF identified a need to improve information communication flows between relevant government ministries and the affected communities.This need was identified in Nigeria, where U-Report already existed […]

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 […]

The winners of 'I imagine Ghana' with UNICEF Ghana Country Representative Susan Ngongi (centre), Reach for Change staff, and Joe Jackson from Dalex Finance (rear left). UNICEF Ghana/2015/CGros

UNICEF Ghana launches new incubator model to support local innovations for children

Solutions to society’s most pressing problems are often found by those most affected by them. Many “new” technologies are really combinations and modifications of existing, independent ideas. Innovating means tweaking. In Ghana, as in many other countries, innovative tweakers are already working locally to improve the lives of children. What […]