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…
26 April 2021

Faecal Sludge and Wastewater Management in Emergencies – Treatment Products

The challenge, During the onset of an emergency, UNICEF quickly deploys products to support sanitation services, including latrines. But what happens when the latrines fill up? A critical step is to ensure the safe treatment and disposal of human waste. UNICEF has no products that are easy to deploy as a response to humanitarian emergencies and that can be used…, 20x, Children under five years living in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoea due to unsafe water and sanitation, than from direct violence associated with the conflict. An icon of a boy and a girl, 48 million children, In 2018, UNICEF estimated that 48 million children across 51 countries were affected by war, natural disaster or other types of emergencies. FSM icon, No ‘out of the box’ solution, UNICEF has no ‘out of the box’ system that can treat faecal sludge and wastewater., The response ​, As UNICEF continues to respond to conflict situations and rapid onset emergencies, there is a need to have product options that treat faecal sludge and wastewater, that are quick to set up and make operational, and could function as a temporary solution or as a stop gap for longer term situations. The product(s) will be pre-positioned and/or…, Examples of suitable solutions could include, Existing treatment products that work well and fit with UNICEF’s needs Adapt and improve existing treatment products to fit UNICEF’s needs Design and innovate new treatment products. Products will need to be able to offer treatment solutions in challenging conditions, such as where it is not possible to dig a pit or in areas with limited space…, The sanitation value chain, A series of icons that show six key steps in the faecal sludge management chain: 1. Access to toilet, 2. Containment, 3. Emptying, 4. transport, 5. Treatment, 6. Disposal. Emptying, transport and treatment are circled as the innovation focus. The Sanitation Value Chain and the scope of this project. The main focus area is treatment products. In…, Faecal sludge management in one of the world’s largest refugee camps, A child runs through muddy water in a refugee camp UNICEF/UN0227737/Brown In August 2017 hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fled Myanmar for the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh. The initial absence of comprehensive faecal sludge management in the camps placed the already vulnerable population at risk of major disease outbreaks. Human…, The impact​, UNICEF is on the ground before, during and after emergencies, working to reach children and families with life-saving aid and long-term assistance. The development of a pre-packaged deployable product/s or kit/s will help UNICEF and partners rapidly respond to sanitation needs in sudden onset emergencies.  The innovation project aims to reduce the…, Resources
18 February 2020

Rapid Water Quality Testing

The challenge, Globally, 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water . Many rely on water from rivers, lakes or shallow wells that can be contaminated with bacteria like E.Coli. This can cause illness and death especially in young children, with over 700 children under five dying every day from diarrhoea linked to inadequate water, sanitation…, 700 children, Every day an estimated 700 children under five die from diarrhoea linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. An icon of a clock, 24 hours ​ , Current tests to detect faecal contamination in water can take 24 hours to provide a result and must be operated by trained specialists.  An icon of a water drop, 10 hours , Working with industry, UNICEF has identified potential products that can return a result within 10 hours, but faster tests are needed. , The response ​, UNICEF is calling on industry to develop an easy-to-use, rapid detection method or portable kit that can accurately identify faecal contamination in drinking water. ​ This would empower individuals and local communities to monitor and manage their water quality, ensuring their own health and safety. Data collected on unsafe water would also enable…, The impact​, A rapid test will support governments and communities to massively scale up testing of water sources. This will provide more information on water quality so it can be treated, identify areas for improvement, and monitor progress towards SDG 6. ​ This will mean more children have access to safe drinking water, ensuring better health outcomes and…, Resources, Stories and media coverage