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In countries and communities across the globe, people are doing remarkable things to make the world better for every child. Here are some of their experiences and insights.

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Reorienting innovation towards greater equality and the needs of the poorest takes deliberate effort.

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When the goal is a world in which every child can exercise her human rights without discrimination, can innovation really break down the barriers that exclude so many from what they need to survive and thrive?

It can, but it won’t happen by itself. The way the world works now, the most spectacular products of innovation – trendy gadgets, state-of-the-art medical devices, nanotechnologies – benefit people whose basic needs are already covered.

Some say the benefits of innovation will eventually trickle down, but this is not a foregone conclusion. As innovation tends to be directed to areas of relative advantage, so we need to work harder to bring it to those most disadvantaged – whether by wealth, gender, race, religion, ability or age.

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