At UNICEF Innovation, we develop and support solutions that are transformative – at scale – for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Where we are today

UNICEF Innovation is supporting new approaches to development problems in more than 20 countries today – the majority in sub-Saharan Africa.

Country offices with self-identified innovation leads

To date, many of these innovations focus on health, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS.  These initiatives have taken two to three years to reach national scale.

UNICEF innovations fall roughly into four categories – ranging from pilot to national scale

Examples of initiatives include:

  • Real-time information for programme management:  7 million young people registered using national-scale RapidSMS in Nigeria

  • Hearing from young people to create real-time policy changes: 190K+ Ugandan youth using u-Report.  The 41-million strong Scouts and Guides movement will adopt it globally in 2013

  • Building new models for South-South / global collaboration: In 2012, UNICEF set up 7 Innovation Labs to share knowledge and experience across countries and regions, with another 8 to follow in 2013.

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