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WASH Innovation


  • UNICEF New York USA (map)

UNICEF’s Strategy for WASH (2016-2030), identifies innovations and strengthening markets as a priority to ensure that all people have options for affordable and high-quality WASH services. This requires building new capacity and skills within UNICEF WASH to work with innovators and entrepreneurs, and to expand UNICEF’s typical networks and partners in the space of WASH innovations.

Duke University, UNICEF USA and UNICEF are jointly launching an innovation collaboration identify, assess, develop, build and scale sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world. The Duke-UNICEF collaboration will mobilize a community of practitioners, funders, and Duke faculty, staff, alumni to identify, assess, build capacity of, and scale sustainable solutions to pressing problems facing children and youth around the world.  With an overall goal to increase the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of impact of innovations, the collaboration will seek to achieve the following objectives:

  • Objective 1.  Build a Pipeline of High-Potential Innovations to Better the Lives of Children.

  • Objective 2.  Strengthen Innovators’ Capabilities to Achieved Increased Impact.

  • Objective 3. Strengthen capacity within UNICEF to engage with innovations and markets.

  • Objective 4.  Engage Students and Faculty in Advancing Innovations to Better the Lives of Children.

The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator will build on lessons learned from UNICEF’s Innovation Centre, Duke’s experience in social entrepreneurship and from leading incubators and accelerators for social and commercial ventures. The Accelerator will use the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship, human-centred design, lean start-up, and continuous innovation to tackle issues of greatest importance to UNICEF, beginning with menstrual health and hygiene. 

To learn more and to apply, please click here.