What we do
Accelerating solutions to build a better world with and for children
Realizing the vision of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals in 2030 requires an urgent and significant step change in the pace of progress.
Children today are facing unprecedented challenges, challenges that have been compounded by the COVID 19 crisis. For example, hundreds of millions of children are at risk of failing to acquire secondary level skills fit for today’s world, while millions more are missing out on receiving routine, life-saving vaccines.
Now more than ever, innovation is key: we must do more, faster, to achieve the change every child deserves and a better world for us all.
Alongside a wide range of partners who are leaders in global innovation ecosystems and share a passion for making sure children are at the centre of impact, our focus is on diverse, issue-focused portfolios that are central to children’s well-being.
From climate change to gender equality to mental health, our goal is to move the needle at the intersection of issue and innovation… for meaningful, sustainable impact.
At UNICEF, innovation takes many forms. From tech innovation that benefits equitably, including powerful tools like artificial intelligence and blockchains. But just as important are the many frugal innovations that can easily be adopted, adapted and scaled up.
And with our presence in over 190 countries, we have the footprint to ground truth, ensuring innovative solutions are designed and tested by, with, and for the end users. This includes community health workers, teachers, parents, government officials, grassroots activists and most importantly youth themselves, in all their diversity, who offer a wealth of ideas and creativity on issues that matter to them.