UNICEF immunizes children, provides nutritional supplements and essential medicines, promotes better child care practices, provides access to safe water, promotes hygiene and sanitation practices and improves conditions in schools. Working with partners, UNICEF has succeeded in pushing the envelope in some areas including access to communities, improving teaching and learning methodologies, starting a process to improve the condition of children in residential institutions and measuring the impact of the work done through surveys and assessments.
The presentation will illustrate some of these initiatives to promote a discussion on the lessons to be drawn for a wider engagement with North Korea through humanitarian interventions in the social sector.
Mr. Balagopal was head of UNICEF’s office in Pyongyang for over three years from September 2006 to November, 2009. UNICEF has been in North Korea since 1997 and has currently 12 international and 24 seconded national staff working in Pyongyang.