“In all that we do, we must also do a better job monitoring our progress, so we can learn from our successes and setbacks, and identify new obstacles that stand in our way.”

Outreach and Training

Labs emphasizing Youth Outreach provide a setting where youth can take initiative, propose their own ideas, and have more productive agency in their society.

Product Development

Product Development is where a physical product is designed and produced in the cause of Innovation for Development.

Service Development

Services developed by labs cross boundaries of theme and discipline: and often the same “service” can provide new ways of doing business to colleagues across the office.

Operational Research

Operational research analyses the way a particular development programme is operated and provides solutions to streamline, improve, or augment the existing process.

Broadcasting Content

Broadcasting information can be valuable to the community, whether it be to disseminate educational content for youth or to broadcast useful information relating to health or crisis response/prevention.

Innovations Lab Kosovo


Innovations Lab Kosovo encourages the positive civic participation and professional development of youth though innovative project designs.

Uganda Innovation Lab


The Uganda Innovation Lab is a physical prototyping workshop, a RapidSMS service development hub, a place for hosting skills workshops, and a venue for greater co-creation between UNICEF and community.

CCORE Zimbabwe

CCORE Zimbabwe began from the recognition of a need for a research lab dedicated to information and data; specifically regarding the collection, dissemination, analysis, and management as it relates to improving the conditions of Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable.

Copenhagen Innovation Lab


Copenhagen’s central location to much of Europe, and UNICEF’s Supply Division partners, help make the lab a meeting space for sharing knowledge and developing solutions together.

iHub Malagasy & UNICEF


iHub Malagasy is a good example of a local NGO contracting with and helping to support the mission of a UNICEF Country Office while maintaining their operational autonomy.

Submit Your Own Lab

Plans and preparations are presently underway for several more innovation labs, originating from Country Offices and UNICEF collaborators across the globe. We invite you to submit your lab structures, your documents and your knowledge to the project so that future versions can grow, learn, and build.