The biggest challenges that face the world are not going to be solved by one organization or one group of people in just one country. They will be overcome by an interdisciplinary group of people working across industries, countries, and cultures. By drawing on the skills and expertise of academics, designers, technologists, computer programmers, entrepreneurs, community health workers, government, scientists, and engineers, and by creating solutions that build local talent and local capacity, UNICEF can help foster innovative solutions that have global impact.
Our Office works to create new partnership structures that can narrow the gap between technologies (and practices) and the people we need to reach. Our partners apply their expertise, networks, internal platforms and data to not only delivering viable business strategies, but to creating long-term value for entire populations, systems and countries.
Knowing that the kind of results we want are impossible by traditional means alone, we look to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of people working across industries, countries and cultures. UNICEF Office of Innovation focuses on multiple types of partnerships: Private Sector, Academic, Government, the UN, and Civil Society.
Private sector - convening corporations (like ARM, Amadeus, Google, Facebook, Telefonica, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer) designers, entrepreneurs, and other development partners around the intersection of high-growth tech industries and social good. An example: UNICEF works with Facebook on research related to Zika in Brazil - which significantly increased public awareness, grabbed attention, and led to 82% of respondents in a national survey saying they planned to take action to protect themselves from Zika (significantly higher than pre-campaign results).more » « less