Counting on the (data) revolution
In Chad, anatomy of a vaccination campaign
WEST MONGO, Chad, 10 Jan 2013 - Four of Toma Mamout’s seven children died young, one from polio. Her loss became Ms. Mamout’s calling – working to encourage mothers in Chad to vaccinate their children.
Despite Ghana's booming economy, the poorest face challenges from malaria to child mortality
18 December, 2012, Accra – The poorest rural children are being left behind in Ghana’s booming economy, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report released in November by the Ghana Statistical Service, in collaboration with UNICEF. The survey found stark gaps between the survival, health and education of children in rural areas in the north of the country compared to those who live in the Greater Accra Region.
In Viet Nam, exploring the opportunities and risks of digital evolution
November 2012, Hanoi -- As Viet Nam experiences rapid growth in access to mobile phones and the Internet, UNICEF and partners are focusing attention on the impact of this digital expansion on children in the country. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Internet penetration in Viet Nam doubled between 2006 and 2011 while the number of mobile phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants jumped from 22 to 143 during the same time period. Children and young people are at the forefront of this surge in use.
Podcast #67: 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report calls for investment in developing young people's skills
NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 November 2012 – One in five young people aged 15 to 24 in 123 low- and middle-income countries has been left out of primary education and lacks skills for work. Of these people, the majority are young women.
In Maldives, community involvement and the government play a critical role in addressing the needs of islanders
Maldives, 22 October 2012 - When Fainana Mohammad was 16 years old, she was married to a man in his fifties. Over the next four years, Fainana gave birth to four children.
New survey shows rates of child malnutrition are decreasing in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 June 2012 – In March, slightly more than two years after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) supported the Ministry of Health’s national SMART nutrition survey.
Global experts discuss how early action can help avert famine
FLORENCE, Italy, 18 April 2012 – The famine in the Horn of Africa and the unfolding crisis in the Sahel have sparked renewed debate on the underlying causes of such disasters, the tipping points and solutions.
In Brazil, adolescents use UNICEF's new digital mapping technology to reduce disaster risks in the favelas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 19 March 2012 – Ten years ago, Michael Gomes Correia used to love flying kites with his friends in the Prazeres community, one of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Now, the 18-year-old student is using kites – and mobile technology – to map the favelas’ socio-environmental risks and to improve the lives of children and families in his community.
Field diary: In DRC, youth advocates learn about their right to a legal identity
KINDU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19 March 2012 – In a grand meeting room in Kindu, Maniema Province, 10 adolescents gathered for a media training. They would be learning how to write articles and make videos documenting issues and concerns in their community.
UNICEF Executive Board session concludes with an emphasis on collaboration
NEW YORK, USA, 10 February 2012 – The UNICEF Executive Board closed its first regular session of 2012 today with an emphasis on strengthening partnerships and pursuing innovations to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNICEF members pledge core resources to fund innovative approaches to reach the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 9 February 2012 – The global economic crisis continued to be felt at the UNICEF Executive Board’s annual pledging event, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Podcast #50: Significant progress seen in education in 2011
NEW YORK, USA, 28 December 2011 – In 2011, significant strides were made in improving the education of children around the world: More children are now enrolled in primary schools than ever before. Still, in spite of remarkable progress, civil unrest and natural disasters have slowed down improvements in affected areas.
In Serbia, early results of household survey show progress and disparities alike
BELGRADE, Serbia, 20 July 2011 – Preliminary results from UNICEF’s latest international household survey suggest visible progress on most indicators in Serbia, including women’s and children’s health, early childhood development and education.
Marcell's story: Growing up in poverty in the United States of America
CAMDEN, USA, 29 April 2011 – Growing up in the one of the most dangerous cities in the United States of America, Marcell Jenkins, 12, never ventures more than a few blocks from his home alone.
Children map their community using innovative technology in India
KOLKATA, India, 27 April 2011 - Salim Sheikh, 13, and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, trees, water pumps and other facts that identify Rishi Aurobindo Colony in eastern Kolkata.
Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey results begin to roll in worldwide
NEW YORK, USA, 14 February 2011 – The first country to launch the fourth round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey – or MICS 4 – in November 2009, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was also the first to complete survey field work, to enter, process and analyze the data, and to release a final report – which can be found at childinfo.org.
Uganda modernizes birth registration process
KAMPALA, Uganda, 13 December 2010 - When Beatrice Nassanga, 15, a student at Aga Khan High School met with Speaker Edward Ssekandi some months ago, she had a singular mission: persuade him to convince Parliament to declare birth registration mandatory for every child in Uganda.
Uganda conference addresses cutting-edge issues of technology for development
KAMPALA, Uganda, 19 November 2010 – How can applications for mobile phones help to meet the world’s toughest development issues? That was the big question at the Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D) conference held in Kampala last week.
World Statistics Day: There’s power in numbers
NEW YORK, USA, 20 October 2010 – The importance of numbers in shaping our lives was acknowledged worldwide today on the first-ever World Statistics Day. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the observance to celebrate the role of statistics in social and economic development – and to pay tribute to the global community of statisticians, whose contributions sometimes go unnoticed.
‘MICS4’ now gathering critical data, from Bhutan to Suriname
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – Data-gathering for the fourth round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is currently in high gear in many of the 40 countries, and more, participating in MICS4.
Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 4 rolls out across the globe
NEW YORK, USA, 7 April 2010 – Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) are in full swing. The fourth round of the programme began its roll-out in 2009, and countries around the world are gearing up to collect invaluable MICS data about the situation of children and women.
DevInfo roll-out completed: Putting evidence in the hands of decision-makers
NEW YORK, USA, 11 February 2010 – DevInfo is a database system that harnesses the power of advanced information technology to compile and disseminate data on human development. The latest version – 6.0 – was officially launched in 2009 and is the most powerful and user-friendly version to date.
DPR Korea is first country to launch Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, round four
PYONGYANG, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 2 November 2009 – On a crisp autumn morning, Choe Un Ju was notified by the local statistical office that her household had been randomly selected to take part in the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).
Surveying the needs of children and women in Bangladesh through ‘MICS’
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 4 August 2009 – It is hot and humid when Madhuri Samaddar, 28, reaches Boalkhali Bazar in Swarankhola, south-west Bangladesh. In the crowded neighbourhood, she walks to Sheresta Bari, a tiny slum with a few makeshift houses on a small strip of land.
‘MICS’ statistics show that under-five mortality dropped by 15 points in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 13 October 2009 – The results of a national survey on the situation of women and children, known as Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), were made public earlier this month by Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute.
Regional Director launches new survey to support development in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 8 September 2008 – Recognizing the need to address economic disparities and gaps in social services throughout the country, the Government of Lebanon is working with UNICEF to develop a series of development indicators on the well-being of children.
New national household survey collects better data to improve lives in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 21 July 2008 – The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, or MICS, is a UNICEF-supported census designed to evaluate the well-being of women and children. Angola’s third MICS is now being conducted in all of its 18 provinces.
UNICEF Sri Lanka tests pioneering new tool for use in emergencies
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 14 March 2007 – UNICEF is pioneering a new system in Sri Lanka that promises some hope of improving the efficiency of humanitarian crisis response.