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  • The United Nations Children's Fund is a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.



  • Refugee and migrant children must be protected against trafficking and exploitation and given the same access to services, including protection, health and education, as other children in the community.
  • Under no circumstances should children be locked up just because they are refugees or migrants, or sent back to their home countries if they face harm or death there.
  • Unaccompanied or separated children must be kept safe. Family reunification is often the best way to do this.
  • Safe and sustainable legal global pathways for migration must be established, and root causes of irregular migration, such as conflict, poverty and climate, must be addressed.



Create (you can choose to create one or more visualizations):  

  • A in depth dashboard or (tableau) story on the situation of refugees and migrant children worldwide. 
  • An interactive infographic or gif that’s based on this data – something that’s a bit more geared towards a broader less technically inclined audience. 
  • A country dashboard (so that a UNICEF country office for example could showcase the situation from their perspective).
  • Any data visualization that you think will attract the attention for this issue.

Selected visualizations will be: 

  • featured on UNICEF social media.
  • potentially featured on other communication channels. (e.g. website, publication) This will be determined and evaluated by UNICEF. 

(Any visualization that is used on UNICEF channels will probably have to go through some fine tune adjustments.)



  • Please mention the data source. 



  • UNICEF brand toolkit: The brand guideline for logo, colors, fonts, graphic elements, and so on.
  • Uprooted: A wonderful library of images that you can use to enhance the visualization.
  • A recent UNICEF publication about refugee children. 



  • Sign up as a volunteer
  • Use the hashtag #VizForSocialGood on Twitter to submit your visualization(s) and a link (if applicable). 
  • Mention @datachloe & @UNICEF.



  • February 1st, 2017 (11:59pm PST).
Earlier Event: January 1
Stanford University
Later Event: February 9
The Hidden Genius Project