The Philips Foundation is set to improve the lives of children in need, with the launch of UNICEF Global Innovation Center (GIC).
The GIC based in Nairobi, Kenya is designed to build scale and accelerate innovations that will improve children’s lives around the world. The Philips Foundation will also provide UNICEF’s innovation team with consultation and access to Philips innovation processes and solutions as well as the company’s internal network of researchers and designers to solve challenges.
The 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 across countries even faster. The innovation is also an extension of the Philips Foundation’s partnership with UNICEF.
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.”
Ronald de Jong, Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips and Chairman of the Philips Foundation, said, “Innovation as a means to improve people’s lives is at the heart of who we are at Philips and we increasingly seek engagement and co-creation with strong partners like UNICEF.”
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.