Applying knowledge

The use of available knowledge is critical to the success of development cooperation. In coordination with ministries, UNICEF develops long-term, data-driven programs and ensures that knowledge is retained locally on the ground.

Kenya 2018
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UNICEF aims to sustainably improve living conditions for children. To ensure this, knowledge must be retained locally on the ground. This means that in addition to providing information and raising awareness, another important aspect of program work involves defining responsibilities and training and educating the people involved. Our program work can only sustainably improve the situation of children, even after UNICEF is no longer actively involved, if villagers can maintain the well and government representatives are aware of the importance of data management. The six-point plan for program work can be found here.

Another way to share knowledge is to publish it. UNICEF disclosed how much the vaccines of different manufacturers cost. This complete price transparency benefits developing countries’ governments and encourages competition between individual manufacturers.