Welcome to the UN Innovation Network
The UN Innovation Network (UNIN) is an informal, collaborative community of UN innovators from across the UN. In addition to promoting innovation overall, UNIN also hosts UN Groups on specific topics. UNIN is open to innovators from all UN Entities as well as external partners.
Call to Action
This Call to Action explores how you can leverage behavioural science in our work.
Behavioural Science Brief
The UN has embraced the application of behavioural science and issued Guidance to encourage its use as part of its wider transformation process to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Behavioural Science for Sludge Reduction
Sludge is frequently defined as excessive friction that makes it harder for people to achieve their desired outcomes. Common examples include complicated forms, opaque organisational processes or long waiting times.
Innovation LibraryBrowse the Innovation Library
WFP Innovation Accelerator Pitch Event
Witness the newest cohort of cutting-edge startups and social entrepreneurs pitch live in front of potential funders, government officials, and industry leaders.
Technical Deep Dive on UN Generative AI Use Cases
#Innovation30 - Young Climate Innovators Shaping the Future (Episode 1)
Digital Journey - UNDP's Perspective
Scaling Social Innovation: A Ugandan Case Study
The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2024
Responsible AI Innovation In Law enforcement - AI Toolkit
Improving Digital Livelihood Opportunities for Refugees
Using AI to assess FAO’s Knowledge Base on the Technology Accelerator
One year on, Joint Innovation Challenge winners keep up the fight against gender-based violence
Ending gender-based violence will take commitment, compassion and, as demonstrated by the winners of the 2022 Joint Innovation Challenge, resourcefulness and creativity too. In March 2022, UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Telecommunication Union and the International Trade Centre launched the Innovations to Empower Women and Girls challenge. The initiative supports social enterprises led or co-led by women and that provide creative solutions in the areas of maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence. From a total of 300 submissions in 61 countries, 10 winners were chosen to receive funding and technical mentorship. One year on, three challenge winners whose projects address gender-based violence in their communities told UNFPA how they are more committed than ever to the cause.
Taking a Participatory Approach to Enhancing Online Opportunities
At the beginning of 2023, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, set out to better understand what does and does not work for refugees at each phase of their engagement with the digital economy — from preparatory training to working — and what solutions they think humanitarian and development actors should be pushing forward to make working online a safer, more inclusive route toward self-reliance.
Assessing Hunger in the Age of Big Data: A Decade of Remote Monitoring
Hunger poses a perennial challenge that requires timely and cost-effective data for effective humanitarian action. Over the past decade, WFP has pioneered the adoption of a remote survey methodology that provides real-time data, marking a transformational step in producing the evidence needed for the fight against global hunger. Here, we explore the operational experiences within the humanitarian sector, the lessons learned, and the path forward.
Primero - Protecting vulnerable Children from Violence
It is estimated that up to one billion children globally experience some form of violence each year, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. Primero is a certified digital public good (DPG) for social services. As an open-source case management platform, it is optimized for attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and for humanitarian structures and processes. Adopting Primero is enabling government partners and case workers to divert their energy away from wasteful manual documentation and administration towards providing the care and support that children and their families in vulnerable situations need
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Bike Ambulances to improve Emergency Obstetric Care in Rural Areas
Maternal mortality and morbidity rates remain high in Cote d’Ivoire. It is estimated that more than six women out of a thousand are dying while delivering birth, while 0.7% of the women of childbearing age have fistula in the country (MICS, 2016). While the strengthening of the health system is taking place, women in the country, especially in the rural area, stay vulnerable to the high risk of maternal death and morbidity. From behavioral perspectives, the barriers that leads to the three delays–(1) deciding to seek care; (2) identifying and reaching a medical facility; (3) receiving adequate and appropriate treatment may include the following (Cichowitz et al., 2018): Factors related to the first delay: social norms (community prefers to deliver at home), limited transportation and health care services at night, and negative experience in hospitals in the past (lack of trust). Factors related to the second delay of reaching a medical facility: a lack of available transportation, long travel times, and perception of high medical costs (walking 36.5%, car 34.6%, bus 13.5%, and motorcycle 13.5% in case of a study in Tanzania). In this context, this rapid prototyping initiative seeks to develop a new low-cost, safe transportation for women to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity in rural areas, by tackling the barriers that often lead to delay of emergency obstetric care (EmOC). It also aims to collect and utilize the GPS data/information of the bike ambulances to enable regional hospitals and the government to make better decisions in providing care, utilize hospital ambulances efficiently, and enhance communication between the care-seeker and care-provider.
Adolescent Health Dashboard
A tool that helps users better understand the health challenges faced by adolescents locally and globally.
Dreaming of Lebanon
The virtual reality documentary “Dreaming of Lebanon” provides an immersive experience into the lives of young Lebanese people and their hopes for the future. The documentary utilizes cutting-edge 360-degree filming technology that enable viewers to engage in an interactive interview with three young Lebanese from various walks of life and different places of the country to explore their realities.
About the UN Innovation Network
The UN Innovation Network (UNIN) is an informal, collaborative community of UN innovators interested in sharing their expertise and experience with others to promote and advance innovation within the UN System.
The Network hosts regular knowledge sharing sessions, helps Entities share tools, resources and best practices for innovating in the UN and offers advice on how to build structures to promote innovation, activate innovation partnerships and create a culture of innovation in their organisations.
UNIN is open to innovators from all UN Entities and to date, colleagues from over 70 entities in over 180 countries have joined the Network.
The UN Innovation Network is jointly chaired and funded by UNDP, UNICEF and WFP.