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.
WE ADVANCE THE USE OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY.
The accessibility of new and disruptive technologies—from the mobile phones to “big data”—present unprecedented opportunities to better our service to children and youth.
Developing and employing these technologies—or even piggybacking on or repurposing their commercial application—means we can analyze and understand the dynamics of need and service provision in ways never previously possible: we can uncover pockets of vulnerability, understand need in real time, and radically increase transparency and accountability.
WE EVOLVE YOUTH’S RELATIONSHIP WITH UNICEF FROM BENEFICIARY TO PARTNER.
Social impact is made sustainable when it is accomplished in collaboration with rights holders, who acquire the capacity to adopt, adapt, grow, and replicate an intervention. This is why youth capacity building is at the heart of our theory of change. ILK believes the next iteration of development work is a rights holder-led approach—exemplified in movements like social entrepreneurship and youth-led advocacy—and is building the models that will empower youth to drive change.
WE EXPLORE HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE THROUGH COMMUNICATION.
From using social media to enable direct dialog between duty bearers and rights holders, to employing guerilla marketing techniques to catalyze behavior change, the Lab is advancing a new conception communications: no longer just a tool for visibility, we see communications as a strategic instrument in effecting social impact. To accomplish this, and to speak to a new generation of rights holders, the Lab is adapting emerging best practices in marketing and mobilization from the private sector for the development context.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how.
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 email@example.com to learn more.