THEORY OF CHANGE

If we invest in skills for life, more adolescents and young people will reach their full potential in life and become resilient, responsible citizens and social change agents in the society.

If we invest in skills for work, more young people will acquire entrepreneurial skills and will progressively become social innovators and productive members of the society.

If we invest in technology for development, more young people will be exposed to 21st century skills in the digital age and will use technology to drive social innovations.

If we invest in critical thinking, more young people will have the ability to filter messages in mass/social media with the skills to challenge subjective information or biased media reports.

WHO WE ARE

 

 

UNICEF is undergoing a transition, driven by an evolving development context, and by disruptive thinking and technologies that promise to advance its service to children.

With this in mind, Innovations Lab Kosovo is helping UNICEF and partners rethink development.  A unit of UNICEF Kosovo, the Lab is home to a multidisciplinary team including project managers, software engineers, advocacy practitioners, designers, social entrepreneurs, educators, communications and marketing specialists, and graphic and web designers.

hana

Hana Sahatqija

Adolescent Development Officer

 

Jeton Siqeca

Technology for Development Officer

Arbnore Berisha

Arbnore Berisha

Associate Officer

Bujar Fejzullahu

Bujar Fejzullahu

Executive Director of PEN

 

Valon Nushi

YEP Coordinator

 

Laurat Raça

BYFY Coordinator

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Ermal Berisha

Software Developer

Zana 

Zana Cana

Youth-Led Project Officer

Alim

Alim Halimi

Youth-Led Project Officer

Fjolla 

Fjolla Bajraktari

Podium Officer

Hana Ilazi 

Hana Ilazi

Ponder Officer

Zana 

Lisar Morina

Communications Officer

njomza

Njomza Kadriu

Graphics Designer

semra

Semra Dedinja

Web Developer

lulzim

Lulzim Gashi

Jr. Software Developer

adrian 

Adrian Islami

Logistics Officer

HOW WE DO IT

We look across sectors and fields to identify methods, technologies, and tools that promise to advance our service to children and youth.  We unite UNICEF’s unparalleled experience and expertise with that of new and different kinds of partners—academia, the private sector, and, most importantly, rights holders themselves—to identify needs and opportunities, and to design, test, and implement the solutions that will define the new development.

GET INVOLVED

As a young person

LEAD A SOCIAL VENTURE

The Lab’s By Youth For Youth programme provides funding, guidance, and equipment to turn your social impact ideas into reality. Check our news section to see whether we’re accepting applications.

ATTEND A TRAINING or EVENT

The Lab conducts a curriculum of trainings in fields as diverse as open source mapping, application development, social media for social good, public and policy advocacy, and social entrepreneurship. Find out what’s coming up next in our news section.

INTERN WITH THE LAB

Earn university credit while gaining firsthand experience supporting our technology and software development for social good projects. Check our news section to see whether we’re accepting applications.

VOLUNTEER WITH A LAB PROJECT

Take action to support our work: join a network of volunteers committed to helping the Lab and UNICEF realize the new development. Complete our volunteer form here to join our roster of volunteers, and keep an eye on our news section to see what opportunities are coming up.

 

For companies

More than ever, the world’s best companies are integrating social good in their business objectives.

We believe in the vital role corporations can play in bettering society, and are exploring new ways of partnering with the private sector—from expertise sharing and employee volunteerism to in-kind and monetary support to social responsibility guidance—to help us realize our shared objective of a safer, healthier, more prosperous life for children and youth.

Let’s do good together. Contact us at contact@kosovoinnovations.org to explore how.

 

For academia

UNICEF is building innovative partnerships with the world’s preeminent academic institutions. Globally, our work includes joint curriculum and expertise sharing, internship opportunities, and programmatic collaboration with (among others) New York University, Columbia University, Art Center College of Design, Alto University, and The New School.

Within Kosovo, the Lab works with leading universities including University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” and University of Business and Technology. University faculty and administration interested in exploring collaboration with the Lab can contact us at contact@kosovoinnovations.org to learn more.