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Innovation at UNICEF is driven by an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work for children. Innovations range from new ways to structure programmes to new products and technologies.

UNICEF needs to be agile and adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children -- from disease outbreaks, to the global refugee crisis, to millions of out-of-school children. One thing that is consistent: the speed at which these problems disrupt the lives of children worldwide is only getting faster.

To address these problems, UNICEF works with a network of global problem solvers who can find new ways to accelerate results that reduce inequities for children. You can learn more about our partners here.

UNICEF Innovation includes:

  • The Office of Innovation, which focuses on solutions at varying stages: Futures, Ventures, and Scale.

  • An Innovation Unit within the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, which focuses on improving the designs of physical products that help children.

  • A network of Innovation Labs and problem solvers around the world that bring together the private sector, academia, and the public sector to develop solutions for key social issues, and ensure we are always watching for new ideas from unexpected places.

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