What you missed this week

We are always on the lookout for interesting content that often gets overlooked.  We search the web for stories from under-reported regions and articles that will make you think of children’s rights and development issues in a way you haven’t before.

Here are our top picks for this week –

  • It doesn’t make headlines, but every year 800,000 children under five die because of poor breastfeeding practices. This, at a time when scientific evidence about breastfeeding’s extraordinary benefits continues to grow. Why has investment in breastfeeding remained so low? What can be done to rally political will for this priority? Read this article to find out
  • Children today have access to countless media outlets that are far more difficult to monitor than radio or television. They are far more vulnerable to manipulation through advertising. So how can we hold marketing companies responsible for respecting and supporting children’s rights? Read UNICEF’s Bo Viktor Nylund’s take on that here
  • ‘The poor don’t need another solar-powered nasal hair remover! Hip gadgets for the developing world won’t solve global poverty: Stop making them writes Hugh Whalan

We’re also excited to share this article from Fast Company that lists UNICEF as one of the most innovative companies! Since launching RapidSMS, its text-based data-collection program, in Nigeria, in 2011, we have enabled local health workers to register more than 13 million births with the national government through text messages, making it one of the world’s largest mobile health projects. You can find more about UNICEF’s innovative work here

PS: The awesome folks at UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo just launched a brand new website featuring stories of children from across the country! Check it out – http://ponabana.com/

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