Innovation

Innovation

 

Innovation

Innovation
© UNICEF Indonesia/2016/Akbar

Innovation is an arm of the Communication and Public Advocacy cluster in the current 2016-2020 country programme but it is also central to all that UNICEF does. It aims to identify and promote innovations that add value and infuse new thinking. This is done through youth engagement, providing access to up-to-date and real-time information and the development of products.

 

Empowering youth to influence decisions that will shape and affect their future is at the heart of UNICEF Innovation activities in Indonesia. This work capitalizes on the mobile-first mentality of Indonesian youth – 61 per cent of smartphone users in Indonesia are under 30 years old.

 

U-Report Indonesia was piloted in 2014 to ensure Indonesian youth could make their voices heard by participating in polls on key development issues. U-Report Indonesia was officially launched on December 2015. Through key partnerships, such as with Pramuka, the Indonesian Scouts movement, UNICEF aims to reach 2 million U-Reporters by the end of 2020. U-Report has been used to raise the voices of youth on issues such as violence, education, adolescent reproductive health and the environment.

 

UNICEF Indonesia encourages young people to design solutions to the problems that they continue to face every day. For example, it supported the Asia Pacific HLM3 Youth Innovation Challenge in 2016 to gather innovative ideas from Indonesian youth on universal health care, violence against children and nutrition. Or the 2014 Design for UNICEF Challenge, a global competition that gives university students the opportunity to work with UNICEF and propose innovative solutions to pressing development problems, which was won by a student group from the Indonesian University in Bogor.

 

UNICEF Global launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that allows anyone to build interactive messaging systems using an easy visual interface – on 22 September 2015. UNICEF Indonesia uses RapidPro as the back-end system of U-Report, and is piloting it for health, education, child protection and emergency real time data collection needs. 

 

 

 
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