United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.

UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

Current projects

Community Mobilization for the WASH Programme in Za’atari

Community Rapid Response in the North and Center-North Regions of Burkina Faso

Sustainable WASH for Resilience

Monitor the situation of children and adolescent migrants in UNICEF’s L2 countries in Latin America, specifically Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru

Sustainable WASH for Resilience

Hygiene and Sanitation Assistance for Displaced Populations and Host Populations Affected by the Security Crisis in the Provinces of Loroum and Yatenga, Northern Region

Support for the prevention and integrated management of severe acute malnutrition through an integrated “Health, WASH, and Nutrition” intervention in the Bandiagara Health District and an intervention on COVID-19 in the Bandiagara and Douentza HDs in the Mopti region.

Project to improve the capacity of local actors to respond to sudden crises, mitigate their impact on water supply and sanitation infrastructures and improve hygiene practices in the community, in the department of Grand’Anse (Irois)

Contingency project to strengthen emergency preparedness, particularly for cyclones, in the departments of Grand’Anse

Continuing access to education for crisis-affected children in Faryab province of Afghanistan

Assessing the Accessibility and Inclusiveness of Distance Learning in Kyrgyzstan project

Strengthening the access of populations to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and ensuring access to care during the Covid-19 epidemic in Haiti

Distribution of Non-Food Items as part of the RRM response in partnership with ECHO and Italian Cooperation

Emergency WASH response for the populations of the Ouallam IDP site, Tillabéri region

Emergency support in water, hygiene and sanitation for vulnerable populations in Bangui in the face of Covid-19

Assistance in Hygiene and Sanitation for displaced populations and host populations affected by the security crisis

Accelerating ending open defecation in Afghanistan, Aqcha, Jawzjan provin

WASH Community Mobilization, Zaatari Camp

Improved access of children to safe and inclusive learning environments through Bayti Child Resilience Centers

Education Cannot Wait Facilitated Multi-Year Resilience Programme 2019 – 2021

Combating child domestic labour

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