Innovation

Innovating so that every young person reaches their full potential. © UNFPA Palestine

Why we innovate

The world is changing rapidly. Now is the time to harness new innovations that can provide breakthrough solutions that deliver sexual and reproductive health for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize innovation as critical to accelerating progress towards global development aspirations. We must embrace innovation to deliver on our three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths, end unmet need for family planning, and end violence gender-based violence and all harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage.

How we innovate

UNFPA promotes innovation to improve programming by:

  • creating innovative solutions with partners to address bottlenecks
  • scaling up innovations that have proven to be successful
  • partnering with innovators from the public and private sectors
  • institutionalizing a culture of innovation in UNFPA

The Innovation Fund, sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and Finland, was instrumental in nurturing a culture of innovation across the organization and identifying new innovations and partnerships that improve the lives of women and girls, everywhere.

UNFPA’s innovation projects have included a global crowdsourcing challenge, mobile fund transfers in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Congo, a hackathon in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Uganda, and many more.

See more UNFPA Innovation projects below.

Contact us at innovation@unfpa.org for more information.

 

News & Updates on Innovation

4 June 2018 Announcing our Youth SRH Top Ideas
Announcing the top ideas selected from our Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenge, in partnership with OpenIDEO.
University students Prisca Gama and Given Mwira teach women and girls about the menstrual cup, and say there has been keen interest. © Henry Chimbali/UNFPA Malawi
8 January 2018 For Malawi students, menstrual cups offer cost-saving alternative
Prisca Gama, 22, and Given Mwira, 26, remember first trying the menstrual cup in November 2016. The women, both fourth-year students at Mzuzu University in northern Malawi, quickly became enthusiastic about the product...

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