Dutch firm extends support to Kenya UNICEF centre
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – PHILIPS Foundation, the charity arm of the Dutch health and well-being company, has extended its support of the United Nations Children’s Fund Innovation Centre in Kenya.
Through the partnership, 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 GIC based in Nairobi, Kenya is designed to build scale and accelerate innovations that will improve children’s lives around the world.
“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,” said Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre.
“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,” he added.
Ronald de Jong, Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips and Chairman of the Philips Foundation, said supporting the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre was a natural next-step in their partnership with UNICEF as it allows us to leverage Royal Philips’ technology, innovation know-how and employees in a really meaningful way to bring scale to social innovators in communities around the world in support of children.
“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,” said de Jong.
It 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.
The project also leverages the on-ground expertise of employees at the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi to mentor social entrepreneurs to support infrastructure with.
– CAJ News
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