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UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival 2021

(21-24 October 2021) To take stock of the dynamic forces shaping childhood and promote deep reflection on the experiences of children in different contexts, we are proud to announce the second UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival (UIFF) will be held in person at Cinema La Compagnia and online at mymovies.it 21 – 24 October 2021.
UPCOMING

Ethical considerations when applying behavioural science in projects with children

(26 October 2021) - Over the last decade there has been a global trend to apply evidence and methods from the behavioural sciences to achieve programme and policy objectives. This webinar provides a focused reflection on ethical considerations for applying “behavioural insights” approaches to work that implicates children. UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti worked in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team, Australia, and the Young and Resilient Research Centre (Western Sydney University) to undertake a systematic exploration of relevant literature along with consultations with youth to develop a comprehensive discussion paper and a set of practical tools to help practitioners navigate ethical considerations specific to applying behavioral insights approaches to programming with children. The webinar will provide an introduction and overview of the paper and associated tools followed by a panel discussion with select members of the Project Advisory Group as thought leaders and practitioners directly involved in shaping the project.   

 

Presenters: Karen Tindall, PhD, and Lydia Hayward, PhD, Behavioural Insights Team

Discussants:

Allison Zelkowitz, Director, Center for Utilizing Behavioral Insights for Children (CUBIC), Save the Children International

Liam Delaney, PhD, Head of Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics

Julianne Birungi, Social and Behaviour Change Specialist, UNICEF NYHQ

Mary MacLennan, Lead, UN Behavioural Science Group, UN Innovation Network

Chair: Benjamin Hickler, PhD, UNICEF Innocenti

 

UPCOMING

The Prognosis for Planet Pandemic

(27 October 2021) What lies ahead for getting COVID under control? WHO’s Special Envoy Dr David Nabarro and the African Union’s Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa discuss this question on Leading Minds. Both are spearheading global efforts to bridge the growing chasm between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. We will explore the latest on what this all means for tackling new variants as one corner of the world’s population moves on to third jabs while another corner has yet to receive their first.

What does gender-responsive social protection have to do with the climate crisis?

(13 October 2021) With the increased recognition of the important role social protection plays in securing household and gender-equitable security and response to shocks, the webinar will feature a panel of leading experts on gender, climate change and social protection. These experts will convene to investigate what and how current social protection policies and programmes have addressed climate change impacts, and how gender responsive and age sensitive they are or not. It will discuss:
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Connected learning and living in a Disconnected Era

The pandemic sparked the biggest increase in history in digital learning and living, but what does it mean for this generation of children and the next? Is the future already inevitably written in computer code? What does this mean for the millions of children who simply cannot get online? Are today’s tweens and teens the canaries down the coal mine of this mass human online experiment?

Join us in our new Leading Minds Online series* as we put these questions and more to our two experts –  a Japanese-American academic Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Mizuko Ito, Director Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine, and student  Zulaikha Patel, a South African youth activist.

Sport for Development Phase II Launch Event: Playing the Game

21 September 2021 - Join us for our live virtual launch of Phase II of our Sport for Development Research.

The Barça Foundation and UNICEF invite you to the launch of the latest evidence in #SportForDevelopment for Children by UNICEF Innocenti. We will present and discuss: - The Playing the Game Report: A framework for successful child-focused sport for development programmes - The Playing the Game Toolkit: A guide for sport for development practitioners Explore all our research on #S4D: https://www.unicef-irc.org/research/s... #PlayingTheGame #Sport4Change #AllOneForChildren

Strengthening and Promoting Education Data Systems and Utilization in Africa: Lessons from the Data Must Speak Global Initiative
15 September 2021 - With reliable data, policymakers, school managers, teachers, and communities can identify problems, pose solutions, and direct resources where they are most needed. As part of the Africa Evidence Week 2021, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti is organizing a live webinar to share and discuss how UNICEF’s implementation of the Data Must Speak global initiative has supported countries in Africa strengthen the use of data and research for education management and decision-making. It will draw on panelists from Ministries of Education from Namibia and Togo, as well as UNICEF and its office of research. 
How to apply Smart Buy's evidence in country education investment decisions
23 July 2021 - Lessons on the implementation and contextualization of Smart Buys evidence at country level by the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP).
 
What's Next? Lessons on Education Recovery
13 July 2021 - Webinar on the latest research findings with panellists from UNESCO, UNICEF, OECD, and the World Bank.
Intersections between Violence Against Children and Women - Prevention and Response

19 October 2021 - The second event in the 2021 Solutions Summit Series Together to #ENDviolence series aims to share evidence and foster discussion on intersections between violence against women and violence against children, highlighting synergies opportunities for greater collaboration and opportunities for moving towards implementation to build knowledge and translate it into policy and programs.  

SPEAKERS

Opening remarks:  
  • Alessandra Guedes, Gender and Development Research Manager, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Italy  

Presenting evidence:   
Panel discussion:  
  • Paul Bukuluki, Associate Professor of Social Work and Medical Anthropology, Makerere University, Uganda  
  • Lina Digolo, Senior Associate, The Prevention Collaborative, Kenya  
  • Lori Heise, Professor of Gender, Violence and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), United States    
  • Santi Kusumaningrum, Co-founder and Director, PUSKAPA - Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at Universitas Indonesia  
  • Tarisai Mchuchu-MacMillan, Executive Director, MOSAIC, South Africa  
 
Closing remarks:  
  • Emily Esplen, Head of Ending Violence Team, FCDO, United Kingdom  
Evidence Matters
14 September 2021 - This event aims to share information and advance understanding of the growing body of evidence on violence against children (VAC) prevention and response. The event will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers, providing a forum to reflect on the current state of the evidence, the role of evidence in driving action to end VAC, and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Strengthening Data Systems and Utilization in the Education Sector
27 July 2021 - How can research play a vital role in ensuring strengthening of Education data systems and utilization for more data-informed decision-making? 
Last Days at Sea Screening at Apriti Cinema Estate 2021
10 July 2021 - As part of the program of the summer arena Apriti Cinema and the Unicef ​​Innocenti Film Festival, the documentary "Last Days at Sea" by Venice Altienza will be presented on Saturday 10 July. Tickets are FREE with reservations required.
Reopening the Future: Prioritizing Pre-primary Education

27 July 2021 - Join UNICEF, UNESCO and World Bank for a webinar event on prioritizing pre-primary education.

Gender dimensions of violence against children and adolescents
27 May 2021 - The Child Protection and Gender sections at NYHQ and the Office of Research – Innocenti organized an internal webinar on UNICEF’s Strategy Paper on the Gender Dimensions of Violence against Children and Adolescents in which over 200 UNICEF colleagues from regional and country levels participated. The webinar aimed to help participants learn more about the strategy paper and provided an opportunity to share ideas and recommendations for the implementation of priority actions in this area.
COVID-19 and Child Labour
24 June 2021 - As progress on child labour has stalled and absolute numbers of children engaged in child labour increase, Leading Minds Online asks the experts: How can we get progress back on track and prevent this worst-case scenario?
Pathways toward an education that leaves no one behind

16 June 2021 - Ahead of the G20 Education Ministers meeting and informed by ODI’s upcoming publication, ‘Pathways towards quality primary education: improving completion and learning outcomes’, we bring together a group of experts to examine successful reforms that have brought vulnerable children to the forefront of policy implementation and consider what is needed to push the agenda forward.

 

Speakers:

Susan Nicolai
Chair – Senior Research Fellow, Equity and Social Policy, ODI and Director of Research, EdTech Hub

Rukmini Banerji
Panellist – CEO, Pratham Education Foundation

Matt Brossard
Panellist – Chief, READ (Research on Education And Development) Unit, UNICEF Innocenti

Shem Bodo
Panellist – Senior Programs Officer, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

José Manuel Roche
Panellist – Policy Advisor, Senior Analyst and Evaluator in International Development, Consultant

Moizza Binat Sarwar
Panellist – Research Fellow, Equity and Social Policy, ODI

Vaccines: Doses, Distribution and Bridging the Great Divide

28 April 2021 - UNICEF Innocenti’s Leading Minds will ask the high level panel how we keep up the momentum of the vaccine race while leaving no one behind; solutions to simplify complex trade barriers on intellectual property rights and technology transfer; and how can we develop vaccine manufacturing capacity where it is needed most.

Gender-sensitive social protection
The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in social, political and economic systems and demonstrates the need for critical investment in robust social protection frameworks that reduce the impact of shocks, particularly on the most vulnerable. Women and marginalized groups are disproportionately affected by school closures, unpaid care work, gender-based violence and unemployment, and we need to consider the long-term implications of the pandemic’s gendered impacts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how gender interacts with age, disability, caste, race and class to influence educational attainment, care provision, livelihood security, technological accessibility, healthcare availability and economic independence. This webinar has discussed the political economy of gender-sensitive social protection and drawn upon empirical research in various countries to outline recommendations for a gender-sensitive social protection system drawing from the lessons of the pandemic.
COVID and the Looming Debt Crisis
Time is fast ticking for a looming debt crisis that threatens to decimate decades of progress for children.

The debt crisis is likely to hit two-thirds of the world’s population. Even before the pandemic 1 in 8 countries spent more on debt than on education, health and social spending combined. And African countries are already spending three times more on debt repayments to banks and private lenders than it would cost to vaccinate the entire continent against Covid-19.
So how can this ticking time bomb be defused?

To coincide with the release of an important policy brief from UNICEF on the debt crisis, Leading Minds will ask the expert panelists:
How do we stop mortgaging children’s futures?
Can debt relief measures turn this tide?
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