10 October 2023

Young Girls Gain STEAM in Gaming Hackathons

From 2016-2020, less than 6 per cent of global development aid was targeted to work on adolescent girls. Increased investments in girl-centred programs are urgently needed to bridge gender gaps in education, digital literacy, and life skills training.  Through the Game Changers Coalition , UNICEF is collaborating with the gaming and technology…, In her first game jam, Milene has learned coding, problem-solving, and built her confidence by being part of a community of girls who are passionate about games like her in Recife, Brazil., domarrrrrrr Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and have gained transferable skills during the game jam. Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment…, Young girls during the three-day Game Jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and gained transferable skills during the Game Jam., Ruslan Kostrykin Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models.  Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models. , Young girls participating in the Game Jam held in the Gyumri Technology Center in Armenia. Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models. , Ginosyan Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers who will implement the program in five schools. Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers…, Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers who will implement the program in five schools. Having students helping teachers learn is a game changer for her and her teachers, where everybody wins., Daravatey Seng In her first game jam, Milene has learned coding, problem-solving, and built her confidence by being part of a community of girls who are passionate about games like her in Recife, Brazil. Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and…
23 April 2020

Giga

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a climate that poses a colossal threat, now and in the future, to children and their families —a grim reality especially compounded among children already affected by poverty, disability, or social exclusion. The global school shutdowns and health crisis have exacerbated already challenging realities for lower-…, Giga Initiatives supporting communities during COVID-19:, Critical Software and Content: We’re identifying, strengthening, and scaling proven and new innovations in software, learning systems, and content that support telework, tele-education, tele-health, and financial services –all of which can be deployed at low-cost, scale, and customized to local languages.   Broadband Connectivity: We’re developing…, Examples of Giga's Impact, Giga has helped the Government of Kyrgyzstan generate $200k savings per year (40% of its education connectivity budget). By seeing all the schools and their corresponding connectivity on a map, the Government was able to renegotiate contracts and subsequently reduce prices by almost half (from $50/month to $28.5/month) and to almost double speeds…, Global Updates, Girl looking at an ipad UNICEF/UN0299581/Herwig Giga is anchored and recommended in the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation: Recommendation 1B which calls for the UN to create and provide access to vital “Digital Public Goods,” and Recommendation 1A which calls for universal access to connectivity. IHS Towers joins Giga. …, What's next, Moving full-speed to connect every school, raising public and private funding to connect every school by putting forward several countries as “accelerated” actors in Giga.  Sharing key open-source remote education tools, as well as innovations in software, learning systems, and content that support tele-work, tele-education, tele-health, and…
13 February 2020

Digicus: blending the old with the new

Innovation is vital to improving the state of the world's children. The speed at which global problems - from disease outbreaks, to the global refugee crisis - disrupt the lives of children around the world is only getting faster. UNICEF innovates in order to stay agile and find solutions to the evolving challenges affecting all children. Most…, The Objective , UNICEF Kazakhstan was looking to leverage a public blockchain network to test whether it could provide a transparent way for the public and donors to see how their funds are spent, while increasing internal efficiencies in the process.  The prototype was meant to test smart contracts (i.e. digitised rules) and explore whether this could …, The Initial Prototype , The initial prototype consisted of digitising a currently manual process between UNICEF Kazakhstan and its partners. The platform, which leveraged blockchain, consolidated UNICEF’s agreements with its implementing partners as smart contracts on the blockchain. When the appropriate approvals were received for a milestone, the corresponding funding …,  , The Technical Details , The blockchain element of the prototype was built using the Ethereum Ropsten test network, and an ERC-20 token was created for the purposes of mimicking payment. The token was named Digicus, a nod to the fact this project was combining old and new methods, the same way that a Digicus is the blend of a digital calculator and abacus.  In the initial…,  ,  , Next Steps , As the build of the first iteration of this prototype wraps up, the initial findings show that there is value in leveraging blockchain for this process, in terms of both increasing transparency and accountability in the transfer of resources. The team is now considering further features that need to be added or adapted to conduct a mainnet …
23 October 2018

Drones

The delivery of life-saving materials in both humanitarian and development contexts can face a range of challenges. For health workers in remote areas and regions with complex geography, transportation challenges can disrupt the provision of quality care to children and pose constraints to early diagnosis. Transport efficiencies are also essential…, Stories from the field, What can drone technology mean for UNICEF's impact?, TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY | Drones can be a part of the solution to reduce transportation time and ensure that children who require treatment can receive it early. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT | On-board digital monitoring systems can help track inventory, control temperature and other essential parameters of temperature sensitive cargo and offer reliable…, Malawi Drone Testing Corridor, In June 2017, the Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones.  The test corridor is the world largest test area with over 5000 square km – and allowing operations up to 400 m above ground level – which is specifically dedicated to the…, Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu  , The Republic of Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago consisting of 83 relatively small islands of volcanic origin that run 1600 kilometers north to south. Many islands and villages are accessible only by boat, and the roads on the major islands only connect the most important towns and villages. Roads are in bad condition, and they are flooded or…, Two drone testing corridors in Kazakhstan, The Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF launched a joint initiative for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/also known as drones) for emergency preparedness and response at two designated Drone Testing Corridors. The corridors in Kazakhstan are part of UNICEF’s ongoing commitment to bringing drones into humanitarian use. All projects adhere to…, UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Drone Solutions, The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of  UNICEF’s programme countries  and have a working, open-source drone…, Drones Certifications via Blockchain , UNICEF Ventures is leveraging a public blockchain, Ethereum, to make claims in a transparent and immutable way. In the first phase of the prototype, UNICEF Ventures is issuing certificates confirming the participation of organizations who test in our drone corridors.