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.

Together, we have used technology to deliver change for children, through leveraging Arm’s funding, expertise and network of partners and combining this with UNICEF’s global presence and convening power across 190 countries.

Find out below about how we Discover. Act. Inspire.


Unicef and Arm: Partnership Video

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What we do


We explore, discover and create new solutions and applications of technology to address the problems children and communities face.

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.

Wearables for Good Challenge

Gates Grand Challenge - Digital Innovations for WASH in urban settings


We focus on funding UNICEF country programming that has an immediate, direct and measurable impact on children and communities,  unlocking the power of technology to save and transform children’s lives.

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.

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.

U-Report team in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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


Through key initiatives, we harness the power of our collective networks to bring the life-changing potential of technology to scale and achieve ever greater impact.

Founded and chaired by Arm, 2030Vision aims to transform the use of technology through collaborative partnerships and innovative projects, to support the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). A proud member, UNICEF works with Arm to form partnerships around existing frontier technologies to identify how we can grow and scale them profitably and inclusively.

2030Vision: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

What we’ve achieved


children and their families directly impacted through joint partnership initiatives

35 million

children impacted indirectly


people contacted immediately after Sulawesi earthquake through U-Report

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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