23 October 2018

Innovating for children in an urbanizing world

By 2050, more than two-thirds of the global population will reside in cities, and 92 per cent of this urban growth will occur in low- to middle-income countries. These trends represent a growing need to address emerging challenges and tap into new opportunities, especially as they relate to vulnerable children and youth. UNICEF in partnership with…, Get started, Urban Tech Bets Research Front Cover Tech Bets for an Urban World is a body of work carried out by UNICEF, ARM and Dalberg that identifies digital technologies that deliver positive social impact for children and their families in cities, while expanding markets and delivering financial returns for technology companies and investors. It details…, Case Study: Redesigning the Mongolian Ger to Help Solve a Health Crisis, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is the coldest capital on Earth. It also has the most polluted air on the planet. A major contributing factor is a common practice among those living in traditional ger dwellings of burning raw coal to stay warm during the freezing cold winter months. The pollution problem has left Mongolia's children vulnerable to pneumonia…, Case Study: Transforming plastic waste into building materials for classrooms , UNICEF has set its sights on a bold objective: transform all plastic waste into building materials for classrooms.  Conceptos Plasticos , a Colombian social enterprise, has developed a technique to make bricks out of non-PVC plastics that are cheaper, lighter and more durable than conventional bricks. Africa’s first recycled plastic classroom was…, Gates Grand Challenges: Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings , The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  UNICEF ,  Arm , and  The African Academy of Sciences (AAS)  have recently launched the Grand Challenge on Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings which aims at seeking digital technology-based solutions that will make it easier to access safe, clean water and sanitation services for the urban poor. Ideal…