About us

Children and their families around the world face various barriers to fulfilling their rights - particularly in resource-limited settings. UNICEF and its partners work to overcome these challenges. Through this website, we encourage dialogue and co-development to support the successful delivery of end-user driven and innovative services, products and systems.

UNICEF Innovation Lab network

UNICEF Innovation Lab network


New ideas and approaches are important to UNICEF’s work and we aim to engage and partner with the right organizations and individuals from the public, private and academic sectors to support us by co-developing user-driven innovations. 


There’s no shortage of challenges to tackle when it comes to innovating for children, but where do we start?  The challenges section of the site shows those we are currently tackling.  We’d love to hear your ideas and contributions.


UNICEF is working on a range of projects around the world at various stages of development, from a response to a challenge, or the initial seed of an idea, through to development, piloting then implementation at full-scale.  Some projects include a ‘get involved’ section where we seek input or partnership to move the project forward.


Our case studies serve as inspiration and invaluable knowledge and for those contributing to resolve the challenges faced by children and families.


Our global network of Innovation Labs works to stimulate and facilitate the adoption of innovative approaches throughout UNICEF. The network is growing and currently UNICEF Innovation labs are located in Denmark, Kosovo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 


Located at UNICEF Supply Division, the lab is a hub for engagement across cultures, distances and disciplines. It brings together a global network of external and internal partners, using real and virtual communication tools in an inspiring environment - a space that fosters creativity, innovation, sustainable development and cost-effectiveness.

Pristina, KOSOVO

UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo cultivates innovations for the benefit of Kosovo’s youth. "By Youth For Youth" projects allow young people in Kosovo to impact their own lives, and those of their peers. The Lab's Design Centre directly designs and implements technological innovations for Kosovo institutions that work on behalf of youth and children.

Kampala, UGANDA

Working closely with UNICEF Uganda's Technology for Development unit and in partnership with local universities, the innovation lab has developed and implemented innovative solutions to help keep children alive, safe, and learning. 

Harare, Zimbabwe

The Collaborating Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation (CCORE) helps stakeholders by collecting and sharing useful data and information.