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Priscilla Idele

Deputy Director

Priscilla Idele is Deputy Director of the UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti in Florence, Italy. She is a demographer and a public health specialist with expertise in monitoring and evaluation of health, HIV/AIDS, child protection and development, and social protection programmes. Prior to the current position, she was the Chief of Data Analysis Unit at UNICEF New York, in which she led and provided oversight for global monitoring and reporting on health, HIV/AIDS and related child protection and development commitments for children and women. Prior to UNICEF, Dr Idele worked as a Strategic Information Adviser for PEPFAR in Tanzania and the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation Project in the USA. Dr Idele has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe. She is a recipient of the International AIDS Society (IAS) Prize for Excellence in research related to children. She holds a Ph.D in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
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Educating the Hardest to Reach: Lessons from non-formal education in Nepal (03 Mar 2020)

A total of 835,401 children and adolescents were out of school in Nepal in 2017, equivalent to 11.3 per cent of the primary and secondary sc ...

Turning the tide together on mental ill health for children (10 Oct 2019)

In some way, mental ill health has touched everyone. The statistics are alarming, and by some accounts constitute a public health emergency. ...



Developing a Household Survey Instrument on Social Protection

MICS Methodological Papers are intended to facilitate exchange of knowledge and to stimulate discussion on the methodological issues related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of MICS data; in particular, the papers document the background methodological work undertaken for the development of new MICS indicators, modules, and analyses. The findings, interpretation and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of UNICEF.

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Smart Social Development Key for Smart African Cities

This chapter focuses on the Social Development dimensions of smart cities, composed of elements of health and education. Healthy workers are more productive, and bring greater income to families and higher levels of economic growth for nations, and, in turn, enhance smart economy. First the chapter focuses on health considering that a healthy population is critical to realizing any social and economic development. Then the chapter concentrates on Education, which is critical to meeting the challenges of smart city, as it connects people to new approaches, solutions and technologies that enable them to identify, clarify and tackle local and global problems. When education and health are combined, undoubtedly they contribute significantly to human development. In both these critical dimensions, African cities have made significant progress during these past twenty years, and continue to do so as we progress through the 21st century.

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