UNICEF

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Unicef
Headquarters Location: New York, NY
Founded: 1947


Mission: UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress. UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a "first call for children" and to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for children and their families. UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children - victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities. UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of children. In coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response available to its partners to relieve the suffering of children and those who provide their care. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities. UNICEF works with all its partners towards the attainment of the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world community and the realization of the vision of peace and social progress enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.


Tags: water, handwashing with soap, hygiene, sanitation, drinking water, diarrhea, education, children, students, 2011

This organization has offices located worldwide. As the majority of our users are based in the U.S., the donation link is connected to the U.S. office.


Unicef
Story: BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan (October 8, 2011) — Lado Shero holds her 3-year-old granddaughter Shama tenderly to her body as she sits on the ground in a makeshift roadside shelter in the severely flood-affected Badin District, in southern Sindh Province.… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
All experts who recommended UNICEF mentioned its global reach and impact. The UNICEF network touches nearly every international NGO working in water. For example they are placing household water treatment as a key strategy for increasing access to safe drinking water--and because of their credibility, other international NGO are including household water treatment in their strategy.
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Leadership
Unicef Caryl Stern. She joined the organization in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and served as Acting President for a short time before assuming her current position in May 2007. Previously, Ms. Stern served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and prior to that had a ten-year career in higher education, most recently as a… See full bio.


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Financial Data for US Office
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$485,936,640


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
information AT unicefusa.org
Phone:
800-367-5437
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Unicef Story: BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan (October 8, 2011) — Lado Shero holds her 3-year-old granddaughter Shama tenderly to her body as she sits on the ground in a makeshift roadside shelter in the severely flood-affected Badin District, in southern Sindh Province. Shama has contracted diarrhea and has been vomiting, said Lado, looking worriedly at her young granddaughter. A relief agency provided medicine for the diarrhea, which is helping, but her family's situation along with thousands of others remains dire. Following the Pakistani Government's recent invite to the UN to provide humanitarian assistance, UNICEF has provided a local drinking water supply for children and their families at the camp. A 1,500 liter water bladder has been set up just down the road, which is filled by water tanker twice daily. The clean water supply will make a positive difference in the health of children at the camp.

Expert Reviews of UNICEF

Evidence of Impact Summary:

All experts who recommended UNICEF mentioned its global reach and impact. The UNICEF network touches nearly every international NGO working in water. For example they are placing household water treatment as a key strategy for increasing access to safe drinking water--and because of their credibility, other international NGO are including household water treatment in their strategy.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

UNICEF has a strong name, reputation, and visibility. They work on the global poltical stage and also on the ground with local agencies. They also are well funded, have a professional staff, and develops best practices.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts mention that some areas UNICEF can improve on is that their direction changes when funding sources changes. They have an entrenched bureaucracy that can be at times inefficient. Lastly, at times their intended direction and what actually happens in the field differs, hence there could be areas for improvement in metrics and evaluation.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Global Reputation & Impact

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They are universally recognized, worldwide, and respected.
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It's hard not to include UNICEF in the list of organizations with the most impact. The UNICEF network, which not only touches nearly every international NGO working in water, reaches across cumbersome UN agencies, provides emergency aid and knows how to work on the ground within complex political systems.
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UNICEF has been very instrumental to promote sanitation in different countries and in the political agenda at global scale.
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UNICEF has the broadest, widest reach, mandate and credibility. They are on the right track in placing household water treatment as a key strategy for increasing access to safe drinking water--and because of their credibility, other large international NGOs are now also looking to household water treatment as a strategy. This in itself is already creating a huge impact. One example: UNICEF invited CAWST to deliver a training in Afghanistan...thousands of people already have safe water as a result, and DACAAR now training others which will multiply impact.

Excellent Convener

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UNICEF is an excellent convener and due to its relationships with governments they can be effective to open spaces for dialogue. They have capacity to document and produce case studies based on other experiences, their own experiences and dissemination.
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I have been impressed by their efforts to truly link with government strategy and build capacity within the government. Despite the fact that they are sometimes criticized for being slow and bureaucratic. I find it hard to think of specific ways to make what they do better. I find their role in coordination and cluster meetings to be much-needed, and they do it sufficiently well even if it is a thankless role.

Good in Policy and Research

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They have good engagement in policy, are progressive with institutional arrangements, and good at research.

Strong Organization

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They are a great organization. For everyone working in sub-Saharan Africa, UNICEF is the biggest and most impressive organization.
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They are crisis focused and able to tackle serious issues on any place on Earth.

Unique Focus

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I think their unique focus allows them to specialize in, and succeed at providing the correct intervention at the correct time and for the most benefit possible.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Professional Staff & Develops Best Practices

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They have a professional staff, are well funded, they focus on children, and develop best practices.
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They have deep networks, large funds and well qualified staff.
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They have a strong profile, which is well used. They work well at appropriate level (community - national) and partners well to achieve outcomes. They have good staff who works well with regional and global organizations and partners well at local/national level interface.

Strong Visibility & Liaison with Other NGOs

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Their visibility and UN liaison is one of their key strengths. UNICEF is at the front lines on the global political stage. It carries the message of water, sanitation and health to politicians and policy makers at the highest levels. On the ground, UNICEF works with local agencies, those in need and NGOs to help coordinate efforts. From many perspectives, UNICEF is the first mile and the last mile in the water, sanitation and health world.
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Their strengths are their name and reputation, strong financial and operations, scale of intervention and relationships with government.
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They are a critically important player due to their size and their link to the UN system means stronger advocacy/policy hence have a potential to exert a large influence. They need to continue to play a role in harmonization with government and NGOs. They can often facilitate this process of bringing people to a common approach.
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Their strength is their local presence.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Improve Finances

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With multiple sources of funds, their emphasis change as the direction from donor changes.
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They would benefit from greater financial resources.
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They have very high admin costs, very high profile, and do not really achieve much.

Entrenched Bureaucracy

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UNICEF has to work within an entrenched bureaucracy. It has been able to navigate rough waters, but the efficiency can be hampered. There are never enough resources.

Better Evaluation & Metrics

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As with any organizations, what is measured drives action--UNICEF could review its metrics to better drive in-the-field results. We've seen a disconnect between the intended direction and what actually occurs in the field.

Improve Operations

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They need to be allowed to do the things they know they should do. Perhaps they are too big, but their work in WASH is sometimes not up to standard and they know better!
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They can improve on their focus, staff capacity, and general administration.

Understand Local Institutions Better

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They need to be better at qualitative understanding of local institutional context.

Poor Field Work

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I have not been impressed with the quality of their field work. Their field work is often poor.

Reduce Bureaucracy

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They are somewhat difficult to work with because of bureaucratic structure. This is a well-known organization and may not be nimble in their operations and delivery, but in times of crisis, they can perform. However, WASH is subtle and the water-borne diseases are not always linked to major crisis, but day-to-day attention and solutions that do not draw media attention that seems to be good for UNICEF and the organizations mission and work.

Focus and Expand Work on Water

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They do so many things, and water is just insignificantly covered at least in Europe and Central Asia where I work mostly.


Leadership

Unicef
Caryl Stern
President and CEO
She joined the organization in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and served as Acting President for a short time before assuming her current position in May 2007. Previously, Ms. Stern served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and prior to that had a ten-year career in higher education, most recently as a Dean at Polytechnic University in New York. Ms. Stern is a member of the Boards of the United Nations International School, WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation, as well as an advisory Board Member of the WNBA. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). In December 2000, Ms. Stern was named one of "25 Mothers We Love" by Working Mother Magazine. In 2009, she was honored with the "Empowering Woman Award" from the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the "Woman of Influence" award by the Jewish Women's Foundation. In 2010, she was named a "Role MOMel" by Moms and the City on NYDailyNews.com. Ms. Stern holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta, where she was named "Outstanding Alumna," and has a Master's degree from Western Illinois University. She has also completed the course work towards a Ph.D. in higher education at Loyola University in Chicago. Ms. Stern has served as a Charter Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Kiwanis Club since September 2010. Ms. Stern is married and has 3 sons and a granddaughter.

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