UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, innovate....
UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.
The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
UNICEF's Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world's children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:
The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs - and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.
Generation Unlimited background
Generation Unlimited is a unique endeavor with an overall goal of ensuring that every young person is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030. The partnership will focus on bringing to scale solutions that address critical issues for unreached adolescents and young people around three identified themes:
Through Gen U we aim to concentrate our efforts on four key strands: identifying solutions; increasing funding; collaborating with diverse partners; and fostering the participation of young people.
Solutions: We will aim to identify solutions that are proven to work and accelerate progress. We will join up efforts among Gen U members and fill in gaps in knowledge, solutions and resources. This includes building on existing international arrangements, current collaboration with governments, specialized agencies, foundations and NGOs, but also going beyond these. Integrated and new partnerships with the private sector and academia will also be sought. Ultimately, our success will be based on the scale and depth of improvements in the lives of young people.
Resources: We will generate funding for some of the best and most promising solutions, through both established and innovative modalities, including leveraging domestic financing.
Collaboration: Global level efforts will be reinforced by and reflect, action at regional, country and sub-national level. We will work with partners across public, private and civil society sectors to build a package of evidence-based solutions and support. We will also identify opportunities for joint advocacy, at international and national levels, to support young people.
Participation: We will prioritize mechanisms to include and support young people to lead in identifying the solutions, building the evidence base, implementing solutions, and monitoring and evaluation. Platforms, such as social media, will be put in place to ensure that young people are supported in these actions at the national, regional and global levels.
We would like to bring together partners at all levels and across all sectors to join our effort, lend expertise, innovation and market reach to develop, accelerate and scale-up solutions to support young people everywhere. We invite adolescents and youth to join too, so that they not only have a greater chance to succeed but can also shape their path to success. The proposed global youth co-creation contest is one of the ways we will achieve this.
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