Scaling for Sustainability, Evolving Methods and Models

Sharing experiences about an approach embracing solutions developed with local communities, not just for them.

A student in class at Blessed Clementina Roman Catholic School in Ashaiman, Ghana


Five years ago, UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC) was a set of ideas and many questions. How could innovative approaches and technologies make exponential differences in tackling development’s wicked problems... moving beyond proofs of concept and pilots, to scale? How might we build UNICEF’s capacity and that of others? Who else could we partner with on this scaling journey? And how might we do all of this sustainably?

This capstone review reflects the journey from 5 to 500 partners, from solutions in a handful of countries to scaling them with 109 countries to benefit 150 million children. With findings from two independent evaluations, the experience, evidence and results achieved by the GIC are helping to shape the future strategic direction of the innovation function at UNICEF and its operationalization.

Scaling for Sustainability, Evolving Methods and Models
UNICEF Office of Innovation
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