About the Office of Innovation

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships, and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

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The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. In a sentence: we sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

We speak tech, design and international development. Neural networks, blockchain, and the SDGs – we know what you mean.


We move quickly and take calculated risks on ideas that could change the game for children.

We believe that no one gets there alone. We partner with tech companies, startups, governments and academia to address the biggest challenges facing children.


Our work is driven by children’s needs in over 190 countries, especially the most marginalized.



We’ve been doing this since 2007. We have a proven and ongoing track record of success and failure.


We start small but scale proven solutions globally. Our projects are in over 80 countries.