Working with Unicef to unlock
the life-changing potential of technology

Why we’re working together

Since 2015, UNICEF has partnered with Arm to accelerate the development of new technologies and help the most vulnerable children across the world.

Unicef and Arm are inspiring the tech industry to connect young people to the benefits of technology, close the digital divide and accelerate innovation to help meet the Global Goals.

Together we work with government, our global innovator community and young people to bring technology solutions from concept to scale.

Girls use tablet at UNICEF-supported centre in Eastern Sudan

Children use their tablet and work with each other at the UNICEF-supported Debate e-Learning Centre in a village on the outskirts of Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.

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What we are doing

Accelerating Digital Solutions

We are creating a network of global problem solvers by catalysing innovators in the developing world that are discovering local applications of technology to address local challenges.

We will continue to support grantees from the Gates Grand Challenge for innovation solutions in urban settings, the African Drone and Data Academy and explore ways to improve access to safe water and WASH services through solar-powered systems in Malawi for 10,000 people in flood prone communities.

Gates Grand Challenge - Digital Innovations for WASH in urban settings

Connecting Young People

We are connecting young people to the information, technology and skills they need to fulfil their potential by providing access to the internet, digital skills, technology and resources needed to become the next generation of problem solvers.

Our ambition is to map connectivity in schools of over 35 countries through GIGA and help 288 young people in Malawi create their own enterprises or achieve gainful employment through the African Drone and Data Academy

ADDA student from Kenya, Annie Nderitu (R) and Malawian student Hope Chilunga attaching a sensor to the s-500 drone

Inspiring the Tech Industry

Unicef and Arm are inspiring the tech industry to innovate for impact and collaborate towards building a world fit for every child through development of Digital Public Goods.  Over 2 billion lives can be changed by investing in emerging cities across the world, while also generating up to $2 trillion in revenue by 2022 (Tech Bets for an Urban World research)

Our ambition is to provide a platform that discovers, develops and shares open-source technologies or data or software and contribute to identifying over 200+ open-source Digital Public Goods projects.




2030Vision: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Partnership highlights

  • Wearables for Good – In 2015, Unicef and Arm partnered with design firm frog to launch the Wearables for Good Challenge, hailed as one of the most globally inclusive technology and design challenges. We wanted to demonstrate wearables can go beyond fitness to address health challenges for children. From the 250 applications, SoaPen and Khushi Baby were taken through a business incubation programme and were awarded $15,000 each to develop their ideas further.


  • Gates Grand Challenges – In September 2018 the Global Grand Challenges Explorations was launched to urge innovators to discover and develop meaningful digital solutions that improve access to safe, clean water and sanitation in urban areas. Having received over 550 proposals from 47 different countries, 15 solutions were selected to go through an accelerator bootcamp to bring their concepts to life. Check out the case study here to find out more about the challenge and grantees


  • U-Report is a mobile messaging tool that empowers young people around the world to engage with and speak out on issues that matter to them. The financial support provided by Arm funded the scale-up phase of U-Report’s integration with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and other messaging platforms to ensure the messaging tool reaches even more children.

Wearables for Good Challenge

U-reporters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

  • U-Report can also directly provide timely life-saving information to the most vulnerable. After the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Arm- funded improvements to the core infrastructure of U-Report meant that UNICEF was able to deploy effective outbound communications to affected communities within 24 hours – something that had previously taken a week to plan and execute.


  • Flood Modelling – Working in collaboration with the UNICEF Malawi Country Office, Arm is supporting work on predictive flood modelling using drones and AI for emergency preparedness. While unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use is helpful at the onset of emergency, drones combined with machine learning can create more impact through predictive analytics and insights before a natural disaster strikes. Conducting flood mapping using ground data collection, GIS, and drones allows for a faster flood assessment which can improve our humanitarian efforts and save more lives.

Drone footage of the flooded areas around Marka, located on the Malawi - Mozambique border

What we’ve achieved


children and their families directly impacted through joint partnership initiatives


entrepreneurs and young innovators supported through partnership


new U-report users reached through investment in youth engagement

We have spent nearly 30 years enabling life-changing technologies & together with UNICEF's innovation experts we believe this partnership can deliver a positive social impact for children around the world.
Simon Segars, CEO of Arm

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