16 December 2022

Innovation Portfolios: Problem Statements

A problem-driven approach to innovation, At UNICEF, innovation is a key driver for transformational change. It's not a quick fix to the massive challenges the world’s children face rather it is a strategic approach to solving problems and the effective management of three key resources: time, investment and talent. With a robust process of  portfolio management  across all types of…, Problem Statements, Climate Change, Climate/environmental policy development lacks meaningful engagement from young people.   Climate resilience and disaster risk reduction resources lack integration in emergency response.  Without environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction/mitigation, children’s lives, rights and futures are at risk.  Information gaps in the demand…, Gender, Girls – especially adolescent girls – have less access to skills, learning and relevant employment activities.  Girls’ voices and feedback are not part of policy decisions and programme design.  Gender-restrictive norms and stereotypes perpetuate inequalities that affect girls both online and offline. Adolescent girls consistently lack access to…, Humanitarian, Data systems and solutions are not fully integrated across the development and humanitarian nexus, particularly for real-time risk assessment and preparedness for climate, conflict and public health emergencies.  Data governance in emergency and fragile contexts is limited – and in some cases, absent.  State-of-the-art technologies that enable…, Immunization, A lack of quality data presents challenges for the management of vaccine demand and supply, for informed decision-making that meets the needs of zero-dose communities and for the logistics response for ‘last-mile’ deliveries.   Without a data-driven approach, progress toward the zero-dose agenda is at risk.   Behavioural science and people-centred…, Learning, Parents and caregivers need support to prepare children for school.  Delivering basic literacy and numeracy skills requires innovative approaches.  Learners need skills and training to be prepared for the future of work.  All learners face challenges in equitable access to quality online learning.   Children with disabilities require solutions…, Maternal and Child Health, The lack of quality and timely data and the limited use of data for decision-making across health system functions present barriers to strengthening people-centered health services for women and children.  Traditional approaches have been ineffective in supporting primary health care platforms that reflect and address equity challenges and promote…, Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing, Insufficient data on child and adolescent-specific mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS).  Limited and constrained access to MHPSS services.  Low capacity of MHPSS workforce to support and sustain mental health and psychosocial well-being. , Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Lack of adequate and climate-sensitive groundwater mapping leads to poor drinking water quality, challenges in locating sustainable water sources, and impedes progress towards child development and Sustainable Development Goals, especially affecting Small Island Developing States. Insufficient climate-sensitive data and understanding of…, Nutrition, A lack of quality data hinders the development of effective interventions for preventing overweight and obesity in children and young people, especially in lower-middle-income countries. , Youth, Adolescents and young people face unequal opportunities for participation and civic engagement in making decisions that affect their lives and in creating positive social change.  Adolescents and young people are not equipped to be problem solvers and engaged members of society.​  Adolescents and young people do not have access to accountability…
15 September 2022

UNICEF invests in AI-powered education and health system solutions

The UNICEF Venture Fund invests in nine new startups developing Open Source, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology platforms for accelerating learning outcomes, generating data to forecast health and healthcare needs, and providing access to online tools at lower costs and in low connectivity settings. The new cohort will…, COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the digital divide within and between countries and regions, making access to digital platforms and services a key priority. The growth of technology and online tools means we can deliver learning, health and psycho-social support opportunities anywhere, at any time. The Fund received more than 450 submissions from…, Jobzi Jobzi (Brazil) is a data intelligence company focusing on human capital markets and connectivity. They are developing a solution to predict school connectivity and to analyse the relationship between connectivity and employment.   Portal Telemedicina (Brazil) Portal Telemedicina (Brazil) is developing a platform that provides fast, reliable…, About the UNICEF Venture Fund  , Launched in 2016, the Fund is specifically designed to finance early stage, open source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Venture Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology - so that UNICEF can both shape markets and learn about and guide these technologies to benefit…