“From the outset, we wanted The Philips Foundation to be different from the traditional grant-making foundation. We could see the potential that our innovations and design thinking at Philips could have in improving the lives of those affected by the many humanitarian crises today, but we needed to establish the right partnerships,” explained Katy Hartley, Head of The Philips Foundation. “In our relationships with the ICRC and UNICEF we’ve taken a continuous learning approach, established trust, and focused on how best to co-create solutions for those in need together.”
Our innovation partnership with UNICEF focuses on the ‘first 1000 days of a child’s life’ (from inception to age two) and started with two key initiatives, the Maternal and Neonatal Health Innovations or Maker Movement project in Kenya, and the sponsorship of the UNICEF Global Innovation Center. Furthermore, our partnership with the ICRC focuses on strengthening healthcare systems and alleviating suffering in underserved communities, for example in the Ivory Coast, where together with the Netherlands Red Cross it has designed a multi-year plan to improve the primary healthcare system and facilities.
In addition, we are excited to announce a forthcoming collaboration with Ashoka, the world’s largest association of leading social entrepreneurs who have developed system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social, economic and environmental problems. Together, Philips and Ashoka will run a 6-month accelerator program: The Globalizer on Health and Lighting, which will focus on helping 12 leading social entrepreneurs scale innovations to build resilient and sustainable communities.
The program will work towards a three-day Summit from 18 to 20 October 2016 in Eindhoven, where the entrepreneurs will showcase their impact strategies and will receive mentoring from both Philips and non-Philips industry experts.
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