08/11/2022

Reimagining school construction for scalability and sustainability

Around 75 million children living in crisis-affected countries desperately need education support. In emergencies or other situations when school infrastructure needs to be scaled up quickly, UNICEF provides innovative Construction at UNICEF construction solutions to get children back into safe learning environments.   The construction of hundreds…, Modular school construction in Türkiye , By the end of 2019, there were 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Türkiye, including 1.6 million children. Due to the Syrian crisis, a large influx of refugee children in Türkiye led to overcrowding in local schools. Additional classroom space was urgently needed but building permanent school structures was not an option due to time and financial…, Rapid and sustainable recovery of schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), The Kamuina Nsapu insurgency between 2016 and 2019 destroyed many schools in the affected provinces. To get children impacted by this crisis back into school and create a safe learning environment, UNICEF used local labour and materials to implement a transformable model to rebuild schools with 384 classrooms in Kasaï province.   Three stages of…, Sustainable local materials to scale up schools for refugee children in Bangladesh , In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Kutupalong is the world’s largest refugee camp – home to Rohingya refugees who brought with them accounts of the unspeakable violence and brutality that had forced them to flee Myanmar.  There are currently 902,947 Rohingya refugees living in 34 Kutupalong and adjacent camps in Cox’s Bazar District. Over half are…
31/10/2022

UNICEF construction brings sustainability commitments to life

In 2021, Supply Annual Report UNICEF procured construction services totalling $257.1 million , including $106.7 million in the Middle East and North Africa Region and $64.1 million in the West and Central Africa Region. Additionally, UNICEF implements millions of dollars in construction works through its partners.    UNICEF construction covers a…, Building schools with local resources, In 2021, UNICEF used local materials and labour to reconstruct 384 classrooms in 64 schools destroyed during the 2016 - 2019 Kamuina Nsapu insurgency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNICEF employed a sustainable, transformable school model to get children back into the classroom as quickly as possible and later transformed the foundation…, Testing green building in remote and challenging environments  , Much of Qinghai province in China is remote, mountainous, arid – and endures very cold winters. Under conditions that challenge standard building approaches used elsewhere in the country, UNICEF piloted the construction of innovative water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in conjunction with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural…, Greening the UNICEF office in Bangladesh, In December 2020, UNICEF opened the doors of its new three-storey office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The office can host over 200 staff members and its construction deployed several sustainable building strategies. The greening of this office began with its architectural design, developed in consultation with UNICEF’s Greening Team, which works to make…, Sustainable strategies in construction, UNICEF employs key strategies to reduce is environmental footprint and increase the sustainability of the structures it builds, including utilising: Local or regional sourcing of materials to reduce CO2 emissions of transportation. Recycled building materials. Waste disposal channels for toilets and kitchens, which eliminate pollution of…
31/10/2022

Building complex infrastructure in the world’s toughest locations

In support of its programmes, UNICEF is engaged in constructing new infrastructure and improving existing facilities that provide services to children, their families and communities. Construction projects in even the most developed environments are challenging by nature. They require a highly technical professional workforce, knowledge of local…, The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Medical and vaccine warehouses in Kinshasa and Kisangani, Project complexities: Import of technology, remote location, security and safety, large and high-value project, technical workforce. According to a 2019 survey, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), only 35 per cent of children aged 12 to 23 months are fully vaccinated, 45 per cent are incompletely vaccinated, and 20 per cent have not…, Palestine: Desalination plant for provision of drinking water to Gaza, Project complexities: Import of technology, security and workforce safety, large/high-value project, technical workforce, permits and authorisations. UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme lists universal and equitable access to safe water as its number one priority. Gaza’s traditional sources of water are no longer reliable due…, Iraq: Water treatment plants for children and families in Abu Ghraib and Al Qa’Qa’, Project complexities: Import of technology, security and workforce safety, large and high-value project, technical workforce, permits and authorizations. In 2015, the people living along the Euphrates River near Bagdad suffered from an outbreak of cholera, a deadly water-borne disease that causes profuse diarrhoea. Epidemiologists traced the…, Complex construction, As a trusted partner for funders and governments, UNICEF is committed to delivering social infrastructures such as schools and health facilities for children and young people. The UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2022-2025 guides how UNICEF deploys its resources to support complex construction and highlights two cross-cutting strategies related to this…