U-Report

U-Report

U-Report
UNICEF/Frank Dejongh

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CONTEXT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF U-REPORT

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • With the release of Generation Unlimited, a multi-agency initiative to support young people globally, UNICEF continues to take a leading role in creating, identifying, scaling and implementing innovative youth-led and youth-centred solutions
  • UNICEF documents its approach to the engagement of young people in the Adolescent and Youth Engagement Strategic Framework, a key component of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018–2021, which recognizes that with the largest generation of youth in history, young people will be important agents of change towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • With mobile penetration rapidly increasing and new digital channels enabling young people to speak out about issues in their communities that matter to them, UNICEF can play a key role in empowering and raising the voices of young people globally.

 

THE INNOVATION JOURNEY FOR U-REPORT

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The U-Report journey began in 2007, with the creation of Rapid Short Message Service (SMS) and was first used as a communications platform for social mobilization and empowerment in Uganda in 2011
  • The Global Innovation Centre (GIC) has played an important role in enabling the scale of U-Report to more than 50 countries, including providing product management and development; testing and iteratively refining strategic tools for Country Offices (COs) to adopt and scale the tool; creating systems of support by consolidating and sharing learning knowledge and expertise; and enabling South-South cooperation and the sharing of resources by identifying and cultivating important private sector and civil society partnerships
  • U-Report continues to be a powerful tool for UNICEF programmes, government and civil society partners and young people themselves, with clear demand and demonstrated impact of U-Report data informing and creating youth-friendly policy and programmes.

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