Innovation centre launched to boost children-focused development

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Children in Mali. Photo: UNICEF/Harandane Dicko

A centre which promotes innovative projects to improve the lives of the world's poorest children has been launched by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

The Global Innovation Centre, based in Nairobi, Kenya, will promote projects focusing on priority issues for the survival, growth, and development of young people.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports

UNICEF says the new Global Innovation Centre will promote creative and cost-effective solutions to better the lives of the world's poorest and most vulnerable children.

Currently, 300 projects are being considered.

They include using mobile technology to register births, sharing real-time data to improve education and health, and give young people a way to connect with their governments.

Financial backing for projects will be available through what has been called the Innovation Fund.

Founding members of the Fund, which currently amounts to USD $4 million include The Walt Disney Company and the Government of Denmark.

UNICEF says the centre and fund represent a new form of engagement between businesses and development organizations.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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