The biggest challenges that face the world, such as climate change, are not going to be solved by one organization or one group of people in just one country. They will be overcome by an interdisciplinary group of people working across industries, countries, and cultures. By drawing on the skills and expertise of academics, designers, technologists, computer programmers, entrepreneurs, community health workers, scientists, and engineers, and creating solutions in a way that build local talent and capacity, UNICEF can help to foster innovative solutions.

Already, UNICEF’s partnerships with academia, the private sector, governments, and civil society have showed that by working together we can create real and lasting change. For example, RapidFTR, which started as a student project in the New York University Design for UNICEF class, helps humanitarian aid workers to reunite children who have been separated from caregivers in disasters with their families. Another example is the Backpack PLUS collaboration, a joint initiative between multiple partners, which provides community health workers with a customized set of tools to address their daily and long-term needs.

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