Innovation has been integral to Save the Children’s identity since our founding – and it continues to drive our work today. Now more than ever before, we need to think and act differently to achieve our ambitious goals for children in today’s rapidly changing world. That’s why, in 2016, we made a strategic investment in our proven ability to challenge the status quo, every day, across all areas of our work.
Since then, we’ve generated over 150 ideas and awarded pilot seed funding to 11 promising innovations. As the leading expert on children with a 120-country global footprint, Save the Children has unparalleled ability to not only develop and test these innovations, but to dramatically scale what works, creating lasting, systemic change for children.
Innovations: The Highlights
INNOVATION IN ACTION
We’re proud to report that Save the Children secured investments in 2017 allowing us to pilot test our most promising innovations: AV/VR Learner; Click, Chat, Read; Crisis Response Innovation Lab; Kangaroo Mother Care; Kolorob; Pneumonia Innovations Network; and Waliku. SEE DETAILS
OUR INNOVATION SUCCESSES
We invite you to check out our progress on our most successful innovation projects so far: Lung Ultrasound; Mobile Pay; Responding Quicker; Special Needs Action Pack (SNAP); and our new and improved SavetheChildren.org. SEE DETAILS
Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative
Through an investment from the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, we’re building a tool called the Hunger Analytics Portal that will allow our food security teams to scan for and receive updates related to hunger and livelihoods information in at-risk countries from multilingual social and news media sources. SEE DETAILS
MIT Solve Challenge
Last year, we were honored to be recognized as a “Solver” within the MIT Solve Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge with our Kolorob innovation. This mobile application offers marginalized job seekers better access to decent work. Through this support, we’re now piloting this tool in the slums of Bangladesh.
Breakthroughs for Children: Idea to Impact
In June 2017, Save the Children recognized our top investment partners in our innovation work at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Dr. Jill Biden delivered keynote remarks, and board member Joe Mandato moderated a discussion among honorees Mastercard, Open Society Foundation, GHR Foundation, David Altshuler and Yashvant Patel.
Inspiring Today’s Millennials
In 2017, we continued to innovatively expand our influence among the next generation of supporters through social influencers, including loyal friends John and Hank Green (collectively the vlogbrothers), their Project for Awesome, and Athene and his Gaming for Good movement. And we were selected to partner with YouTubers Markiplier, JackSepticEye and Rhett & Link.
While Save the Children has nearly a 100-year history, it is among our most innovative and forward-thinking partners.
Innovations: The Details
- AR/VR LEARNER – We’re leveraging augmented and virtual reality technology to help young people gain livelihoods skills and opportunities.
- CLICK, CHAT, READ – We’re building a virtual volunteering platform allowing individuals to connect and read books with early grade students in our U.S. programs.
- CRISIS RESPONSE INNOVATION LAB – We’re creating a cross-thematic, multi-sectoral partnership to solve unique, on-the-ground humanitarian challenges.
- KANGAROO MOTHER CARE – We’re designing innovative ways to integrate this lifesaving intervention into health care facilities with limited space.
- KOLOROB – We’re developing an information application that facilitates the community-service provider connection to improve health care and education.
- PNEUMONIA INNOVATIONS NETWORK – We’re building and leading a global network of organizations committed to ending pneumonia deaths by developing and investing in the most effective innovations.
- WALIKU – We’re digitizing data available to teachers and caregivers to ensure more children are healthy and attending school.
- LUNG ULTRASOUND – We’re evaluating a promising way to better identify bacterial versus viral pneumonia in the field, with the potential to revolutionize pneumonia diagnosis.
- MOBILE PAY – Our mobile payment portal is giving our supporters the ability to donate using their preferred payment solution, with a 12 times return on our investment so far.
- RESPONDING QUICKER – Our accelerated humanitarian deployment tool will be available for emergency responders in early 2018.
- SPECIAL NEEDS ACTION PACK (SNAP) – We’re using data from our completed baseline evaluation to provide new tools focused on parent training and inclusive reading for struggling learners.
- SAVETHECHILDREN.ORG – New and improved: We’re thrilled to announce the successful launch of our new website. Driven by our commitment to supporter-centricity, we’re offering a better digital experience on both desktop and mobile, with intuitive navigation, enhanced content and much more. You’re checking us out right now!
FIDELITY CHARITABLE TRUSTEES’ INITIATIVE
Through an investment from the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, we’re building a tool called the Hunger Analytics Portal that will allow our food security teams to scan for and receive updates related to hunger and livelihoods information in at-risk countries from multilingual social and news media sources. This tool will help our teams to learn about food security problems as they arise, and ensure we’re optimizing our work to end chronic malnutrition and hunger and efficiently delivering interventions where they’re needed. The Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative is a grantmaking program overseen by the trustees of Fidelity Charitable.
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