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Investing in Innovation and Frontier Technology to Protect the Lives of the Most Vulnerable Children

Supporting health-focused and drone startups to develop and scale cutting-edge solutions, and scaling AI-based epidemiological modeling.

The Program


Partner: UNICEF
Budget: 1 billion yen
Term: 5 years
Launch: 2019
Area: Global

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The innovative use of frontier technology such as artificial intelligence, drones and blockchains carries significant promise for accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 3. Indeed, the ability to quickly assess, invest and grow open-source technology solutions shows enormous potential to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. In recent years, the availability of big data on human behaviors combined with environmental measurements has led to great advances in predicting how and where epidemic diseases such as Ebola and Zika spread.


Leaders Driving Change: Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

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Henrietta Fore is Executive Director of UNICEF. Previously, she was Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. She has also held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury. She was Board Chair and CEO of Holsman International and led numerous international initiatives.


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