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UNICEF Global Innovation Strategy and Framework 2.0: The ‘ABCs’ of innovation

Happy child smiling in Gonzagueville, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
Happy child smiling in Gonzagueville, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.


Fostering innovation in programming and advocacy for children is a key change strategy to achieve the ambitious targets of the UNICEF Strategic Plan to help realize the child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This Global Innovation Strategy and Framework 2.0 builds on previous work to maximize our impact by making more deliberate choices that align innovation with UNICEF’s overall strategic goals and focus on solving problems to accelerate progress for children. 

This strategy outlines why innovation with and for children and young people is important; why UNICEF is well-positioned to achieve such innovation; what our strategic focus on innovation should be; and how the organization intends to work with others, strengthen its own capabilities, apply innovation and deliver results for children.

This global Strategy includes a series of Frameworks that will provide UNICEF with the freedom to innovate and nurture an enabling culture for innovation. Such common conceptual models, definitions and processes will allow UNICEF offices in more than 190 countries and territories to act in concert. 

They comprise a network that will allow us to make evidence-based decisions about which of the most pressing problems to solve – and to do so in a decentralized way, bringing results that add up to more than the sum of the individual innovations. Robust mechanisms for transferring innovation-based knowledge across UNICEF are to the success of this strategy.

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