All over the world children live in poverty and war, without access to education, medical care or a working health system. UNICEF has worked on improving the conditions of life of children for years. Since UNICEF is a non-profit organization and there is always a money shortage, they started the UNICEF Innovation Platform in August 2012 to further social change
Those affected and people who want to help can inform themselves about current projects on the platform. In addition to the relatively well-developed projects they will also find the so-called “challenges”. “Challenges” are projects that are still in the idea phase of development. Visitors of the site and members of the community can leave comments. They can also post their own solutions to the problems, for example how to supply furniture and equipment to schools in developing countries.
Anyone can suggest a challenge and work on a solution. : By outsourcing the creative potential, first steps and project development, UNICEF can save money and realize projects more quickly.
So far there haven’t been many comments in the forums, and most of the members of the community are experts who are working on the same topic for a different organization. It would be of particularly interest if those affected shared their experiences and gave an account of practical problems. To achieve this UNICEF will have to make the platform better known and those affected will need to become more involved. However this is probably where the scope of the interactive, Internet-based platform ends. People without access to computers or the Internet cannot get involved even if they want to.
Obviously, access to the Internet does not imply that everyone can post qualified comments about the fight against diarrhea or pneumonia in children. But the site provides various case studies about the projects and challenges. They give information about the scientific and social background of the problems and about the successes and failures. One last feature is a very clearly structured map with the various projects.
In general the idea of solving problems and developing projects together is good, but up to now it has been a rarely used tool. Let’s hope that awareness of the project will increase and that UNICEF will continue to work on it. A community needs good, well-balanced support to attract many members. Sometimes a good deed isn't enough.
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Maria Cecilia Dela Cruz 14.12.2012, 07:38:50 Uhr
Being a mom of a 7 year old kid and having lost my father when I was in Grade Four, for me I put high value on education. Because that will shape us as a person and will provide the road for a successful future. I hope that schools all over the world will have a donation box that will go on the whole year where fortunate kids will have the chance to donate clothes, books, toys etc to our brothers and sisters. The new program of UNICEF”Challenges” will be a good venue for all us to share that awareness and social responsibility towards one common goal. As they say, two heads are better than one. internet is a good channel to do this.my nephew benefited from UNICEF years back and you have brought so much joys in our hearts.And to be able to give back through sharing my opinions and whatever I can will make my life complete and fullfilling.
Diana Sabillón 14.12.2012, 18:50:50 Uhr
I believe that the project “Challenges” is a great opportunity for developing countries. Honduras This is my case, I know people who are in precarious conditions where access to the Internet is a dream, but they are able to respond to educational stimuli in learning this. I propose that one of the challenges of this project UNICEF in implementing a computer center and free computer classes to people of modest means. That will serve as a virtual library or just be at the forefront of educational innovations.
Jana 17.12.2012, 14:29:24 Uhr
Diana, I think that is a great idea. You should post it on the UNICEF Innovation platform!
m.Chantal 28.12.2012, 15:58:41 Uhr
I THINK THAT GIVING OPPORTUNITIES AND SECOND CHANCES TO CHILDREN WHO SUFFER FROM PARTICULAR DESEASES IS VERY IMPORTANT.THIS IS THE MAIN REASON WHY I SUGGEST YOU SPENDING MONEY ON HOSPITALS AND ON A BIG AND WORKING WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM,BECAUSE MOST OF DESEASES WERE CAUSED BY DEFICIENCY OF ADEQUATE HYGENIC STANDARDS. I THINK UNICEF CAN CHANGE STANDARDS LIFE OF THESE POOR PEOPLE!!I BELIEVE IN WORKING DONE BY THIS GREAT FAMILY (UNICEF) AND I HOPE THAT THIS ORGANIZATION COULD LIVE FOREVER SO THAT IT CAN INVOLVE MUCH MORE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO HELP IN NEED PEOPLE.
Mugisa 29.12.2012, 20:37:14 Uhr
Today, the world especially Africa faces a lot of challenges. We appreciate the effort to sort them.
However,many are seeking to solve but not prevent further/future occurrences.
The poor in Africa give 2 or more times more births to kids than the well to do or middle class. These are the same kids that turn out malnourished,lacking education,water,medical supplies etc.
The world seems to be failing to understand that the most important tool to use is shaping the mind and thinking of a poor person to make better decisions that the educated make by making them understand the world economic,social and future trends.
Sebastian Mbindyo 16.01.2013, 16:03:31 Uhr
It is a shame and disturbing to see orphans suffering in our society.We have all the resources but lets learn to utilize them.We are the change.I advice the UNICEF to incorporate with all mobile service providers like Safaricom and Airtel to pass the information through messages.Then form a program that will deduct each caller just 1 SHILLING world wide.They will definitely get Trillions
daddj 17.01.2013, 08:08:08 Uhr
They simply need Food, Water, & Sanitation.