Innovation

Young people are the world's future innovators. © UNFPA Myanmar

Why we innovate

As the world grows increasingly complex and interconnected, challenges are emerging with greater speed and magnitude. We need to be prepared to step boldly and responsively into this new era. At the same time, we must become more efficient and effective in ensuring all individuals can exercise their basic human rights – including those relating to their sexual and reproductive health.

As governments around the world craft the Sustainable Development Goals and targets for future development, we know that we cannot address these challenges alone. It will require new and innovative partnerships and approaches. UNFPA has embraced innovation to accelerate progress towards some of the most pressing issues we face, allowing us to continuously strive to deliver the best responses to the challenges at hand, and to remain adaptable, agile and responsive in a rapidly changing world.

Today, there are 1.8 billion young people in the world. Promoting innovation will also be key to reaching young people and empowering them to become future change-makers.

How we innovate

Through a new Innovation Fund, sponsored by the Government of Denmark, UNFPA is bringing together its most innovative initiatives under a common approach to seeking dynamic, new solutions to our delivery and operations.

To realize this vision, UNFPA promotes a culture of innovation throughout the organization, creating spaces where innovation can thrive and crowdsourcing ideas from staff around the world to launch innovative projects. These projects include a hackathon with young people in Uganda, a reality television show promoting gender equality in Georgia, a mentorship programme in Argentina, and many others.

Learn more by following us on Twitter @UNFPAInnovation for real-time updates, or contact us at innovation-hub@unfpa.org for more information. 

News & Updates on Innovation

Gebreamlak Giday teaches women about maintaining a healthy pregnancy, using a portable, solar-charged learning device. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
7 December 2016 New device brings midwifery education to remote, offline communities
A powerful new tool is training midwives, health professionals and individuals in poor and remote locations. Piloted in March in Ethiopia and Tanzania, this tool, a mobile, solar-powered projector pre-loaded with health...
Namibian techies spent a hectic 24 hours creating innovations to tackle gender-based violence. Team Amani celebrates their win. © UNFPA Namibia/Emma Mbekele
5 December 2016 Namibian hackathon takes on scourge of gender violence
In many ways, Lelanie Basson is the picture of an empowered woman. But the best-selling Namibian author and entrepreneur remembers darker times: an abusive relationship that turned her life upside down. “He would...

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