Moving Past Pilots: Entering the Next Phase of Digital Development

Nairobi, KenyaBy Kate Wilson and Lauren WoodmanToday, we mark the end of the 8th annual ICT4D conference, which gathered over 700 implementers, donors, country representatives and the private sector for four days. While the focus of the conference fostered a rich discussion on how ICT4D can enable us all to reach the Sustainable Development Goals … Continued

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‘Information is like food’

By Madeline Kane“Information is like food here,” a Save the Children aid worker tells us. “All of the minors we work with use phones, and Wi-Fi is the only way they can connect with family and find out what will happen to them.”As soon as NetHope Wi-Fi goes live, refugees log on to search for … Continued

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‘For refugees, internet is a lifeline’

By Madeline Kane“For refugees, internet is a lifeline,” says Dr. Gundula Epp. Inside the German Red Cross tent at the Cherso refugee camp in northern Greece, Dr. Epp treats about 40 patients a day. The effects of trauma and stress can take a toll on refugees’ health, she says. “We see many women with three, four children, whose husbands … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: David Tagliani

By David TaglianiRelationships energize me. That’s why I love working with NetHope as an emergency responder.I came to work for NetHope in late 2014 while I was in West Africa with Mercy Corps. I had just finished my assignment when NetHope called about a project connecting relief workers in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. … Continued

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Wired, and ready to receive more

By Madeline Kane, Google.orgEmma Eggink, of the Starfish Foundation, has seen many thousands of refugees land on the north shore of Lesvos: “The first thing people ask when they arrive is, ‘Where can I get Wi-Fi?’” Seated at the Captain’s Table restaurant in Molyvos, Emma and I ordered a coffee and logged onto the NetHope network. … Continued

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Cisco TacOps: Helping us connect those in crisis

Cisco’s Tactical Operations (TacOps) team provides emergency communications during humanitarian and natural disasters. This team has partnered with NetHope for the past decade to bring life-saving connectivity to places such as Vanuatu, the Philippines and, most recently, Greece. Their assistance and partnership has been vital to the success of NetHope. We are honored to be a part of … Continued

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A family waits to be connected — and reunited

By Madeline Kane, Google.org “Ahlan,” Shirin smiled, holding back the white canvas flap to her tent. We accepted a cup of tea and a seat on her spotless floor, welcoming a break from the midday heat. Then we listened as Shirin told her story.Shirin and her five children came from Deir ez-Zor, a Syrian city near … Continued

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