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NetHope Partner BT Recognized for Typhoon Haiyan Response

by: Mark Banbury, Board Member, NetHope & Global CIO, Plan International on Jul 9, 2014

NetHope partner British Telecom (BT) Group plc was a finalist for the first ever International Disaster Relief Award supported by the Department for International Development (DFID). The award recognizes UK based businesses that can demonstrate positive disaster relief action in the immediate aftermath of international disasters.

Member Spotlight: Samaritan’s Purse

by: Joshua Holland on Jun 28, 2014

Samaritan’s Purse a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people around the world, recently joined NetHope. Samaritan’s Purse helps meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.

Member Spotlight: Ipas

by: Joshua Holland on Jun 17, 2014

Ipas a nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion, recently joined NetHope.

Helping Albanians Report Trafficking and Save Lives

by: Monica Jerbi on Jun 16, 2014

News reports about the problem of human trafficking—the illegal trading of human beings—in Albania have been so shocking over the years, they seem like science fiction. To make better use of technology to change this harsh reality, NetHope developed an anti-trafficking Android app for worldwide use in partnership with World Vision and the Vodafone Foundation with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding. NetHope chose Albania for the app’s first implementation under the local name “Raporto-Shpeto” (“Report-Save Life”).

ICT Reshaping Development Landscape with Emphasis on Innovation and Collaboration

by: Lauren Woodman on Jun 5, 2014

Almost every stakeholder in the development community believes in the potential of technology to address these problems — that if we could figure out how to best leverage the power of technology to confront these challenges, we might be able to implement more effective interventions, gain a deeper understanding of the interrelated challenges, and develop sustainable long-term approaches that build resilience and empower local communities.

Repositioning ICT4D as a Front Office Solution

by: Hamilton McNutt on Apr 24, 2014

NGOs are beginning to realize if they don’t keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscapes of countries they work in, they’ll soon become irrelevant.

ICT Solutions Transforming Global Development

by: Jack Levy on Apr 9, 2014

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions have experienced incredible momentum since the initial Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference several years ago. It has transformed from a concept into real solutions being implemented by organizations across the development space.

Reflections on My First 30 Days

by: Lauren Woodman on Feb 12, 2014

Much more quickly than I anticipated, my first month with NetHope has come to a close.  It has been an amazing month, filled with meetings with members, donors and partners.  Learning about the work that our members are doing – and how NetHope is supporting their missions – has been both humbling and inspiring.

Through these meetings, a number of common themes have emerged.  I spent a few minutes discussing these on the February member call, but wanted to provide a little more context around what I’ve heard.  No doubt, these themes, along with the priorities that the Board has established for me, will shape my work in the coming months.  And, no doubt, these themes will continue to develop as I continue to meet with members and our stakeholders in the coming month.  But here’s a recap of what I’ve heard to date:

Partnership with British Telecom off to a strong start

by: Kristen Putch on Feb 4, 2014

NetHope prides itself on the strength of collaborations among our partners, both old and new.

Over the past 13 years, NetHope has built strong partnerships with public and private companies that have proven to be reliable and generous when disaster strikes. Whether it be support in the form of funds, in-kind donations or expertise, our partners have been wildly supportive in one – or many – of those ways.

Crucial Equipment Provided to NGOs in the Philippines

by: Kristen Putch on Jan 7, 2014

When disaster strikes, food, clean water and shelter for those affected are always hailed as top priority. While there is no argument that those basic life-sustaining necessities need to be quickly met, technologies can be overlooked as highest-ranking essentials, even though it often helps victims find aid, shelter or relatives in an emergency; restored communication is paramount to emergency response.

No matter what kind of relief our member organizations are bringing to a disaster area - water, food, shelter, medicine – they require access to reliable information about the situation in the affected areas to make decisions about how much aid is needed and where it needs to be distributed.  This requires access to important data.  In order to share and receive that information, we need to have a way to communication with each other and with affected population.

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