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Virtual Forum on Social Innovation

October 25 - October 29

The Duke-UNICEF Virtual Forum on Social Innovation is an annual, week-long event that brings together voices and insights from around the world – from academia, iNGOs, business, and social enterprise – to deepen the conversation around the sustainable development goals and social innovation. The second Virtual Forum will take place from October 25 –29 with a special focus on SDG 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Millions of people, especially children, die every year from diseases associated with unsafe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, and billions do not have access to basic sanitation. There is much work to be done.

Through highly interactive sessions, webinars, and networking events, we will explore how social innovation can fill the gap in achieving equitable and safely managed sanitation, water, and health for all. Harnessing lessons learned from the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, a unique partnership between Duke University and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that identifies and strengthens social enterprises tackling the greatest WASH challenges facing children in Africa, the event will take a deep dive in unlocking economic growth, productivity, and well-being through collaboration in achieving SDG 6.

Please join us to deepen connections and build new relationships to inspire collaboration and change. Click each event below for more information and individual registration links. To access registration pages for all events, click here


Panel Discussion: Careers in Social Innovation

Learn more about building a career in global social innovation from Duke alums and other career vets.  Panelists: Jason Lee, T'11 & MEM'18, Associate Director, Quantified Ventures Philile Shongwe, MIDP'22, Founder and Executive Director, Govuka Tim Scheu, Fuqua'07, Director of Partnership Management, Ashoka Sam Kelly, T'18, Project Lead for Sentinel AI, Conservation X Labs Katie […]

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Panel Discussion: Innovative Finance in WASH

While SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030, the current level of WASH financing is too low to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and hygiene. The traditional approach of relying on the public sector isn’t cutting it. We must innovate […]

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Panel Discussion: Navigating the Uneven Path to Social Entrepreneurship

The path to becoming a social entrepreneur is rarely a straight and predictable line. Join serial social entrepreneur and author of the new book The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for Everyday People Who Want to Change the World, Madeleine Shaw, in discussion with four barrier-breaking global social entrepreneurs who will share their personal journeys to […]

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Panel Discussion: WASH Lean Prototyping Through Pioneering Partnerships

Low-cost and low-risk experimentation is the name of the game in lean prototyping in WASH innovation. This panel will explore how novel innovations were created through lean prototyping with the help of strategic partnerships. Speakers include experts from UNICEF and social enterprise teams from the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.Panelists: Daigo Ishiyama, Director of Global Product Design […]

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Panel Discussion: The Catastrophic Nexus of Climate and WASH

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently reported on the intensifying impacts of climate change globally. Climate changes are happening rapidly and the future will certainly be hotter than ever before. Experts in climate change from Duke and UNICEF will discuss where we are with this catastrophic change and what is being done in […]

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Duke-UNICEF Virtual Forum on Social Innovation Pitch Event

Join us for an inspiring morning of pitches from social entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest challenges facing children today. Tune in Friday, October 29th from 9a – 10a ET for this free event and stick around for the networking session immediately after. From solving last-mile distribution of WASH products in Ethiopia, to the Smart Bag, […]

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