EU Activate Talk: “The Promise of Innovation: Saving and Improving children’s lives. Can innovation deliver?”

Brussels, Belgium | November 11, 2014

Emerging technologies and social innovations have changed our lives like never before. How can we leverage them for children in the developing world and in humanitarian crises? Can we find new, more effective ways to deliver assistance, to create opportunities, and to bring about equitable development? Preceding the 25th Anniversary of Convention of the Rights of the Child on 20 November 2014 and the launch of  UNICEF’s flag ship State of the World’s Children report on innovation, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and UNICEF Brussels EU Office held an Activate Talk at the European Parliament.


Chair: Linda McAvan, Member of the European Parliament (Chair, European Development Committee)

Moderator: Philippe Cori (Director, UNICEF Brussels EU Office)


Speakers :

– Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Development & Cooperation (DG DEVCO)

– Henrike Trautmann, Head of Unit, Specific Thematic Policies, European Commission, Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (DG ECHO)

– Sharad Sapra, Principle Innovation Advisor, Head of UNICEF Innovation Centre, Nairobi, UNICEF

– Jonathan Wong, Head of Innovation Hub, Department for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID)

– Louise Bloom, Research Officer, Humanitarian Innovation Project, Oxford University


Per video message:

– Dr. Hauwa Ibrahim, Human Rights Lawyer, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2005

– Mr. Christopher Fabien, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director: Innovation and co-Lead of the Innovation Unit, UNICEF

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