A new innovation center dubbed the Global Innovation Center just launched in Kenya to develop innovations that will improve children’s lives around the world.
Launched by the Philips Foundation and the UNICEF’s innovation team the Global Innovation Center (GIC) is the second project in the Philips Foundation-UNICEF partnership following the Maker Movement project which supports social entrepreneurs to create, prototype and scale-up, low-cost maternal and newborn child health equipment in Nairobi, Kenya.
The project also leverages the on-ground expertise of employees at the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi to mentor social entrepreneurs to support infrastructure.
According to Dr. Sharad Sapra, Director of the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre, “With the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund, UNICEF is building new forms of engagement between businesses and development organizations that bring resources and expertise, to bear on children’s issues. UNICEF welcomes the valuable contribution of the founding members of the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund for their willingness to approach partnerships in an innovative way, and for their commitment to improving children’s lives and futures.”
The Philips Foundation will link UNICEF’s Innovation team with support at Royal Philips to maximize the strength of their current projects and realize opportunities to scale technology to create the most impactful outcomes for children in the near future.
“Supporting the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre is a natural next-step in our partnership with UNICEF as it allows us to leverage Royal Philips’ technology, innovation know-how and employees in a really meaningful way to bring scale to social innovators in communities around the world in support of children,” said Ronald de Jong, Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips and Chairman of the Philips Foundation.
The firm’s aims to use innovation to improve people’s lives and increasingly seek engagement and co-creation with other partners.