Summit Day Two: The NetHope Community Nets Hope

By Lauren WoodmanIn the face of all of the challenges we confront as global nonprofits, both internally and externally, it would be easy to lose hope. Yet, days like today inspire me and reinvigorate me, because I see the strength and the resolve of the NetHope community. I see the recognition that we need each … Continued

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Summit Day One: Reunions and collaboration set this week’s tone

By Lauren WoodmanOne of the most satisfying things about the annual NetHope Global Summit is how our delegates are so ready to collaborate and be inspired. Neal McCarthy, from Oxfam, may have summed it up best in his tweet: “Inspired & reassured in equal measure!”We started the day with a joint working group on The … Continued

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A UBC grad student anticipates NetHope Global Summit 2017

By Mitch HulseIn graduate seminars, I am constantly reminded by professors and seasoned policy veterans of the intrinsic value behind collaboration in solving the myriad challenges faced by practitioners within international development. Alongside my peers, I usually point to the power of technology to facilitate the kind of collaborative innovation that can contribute to solving … Continued

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From the Field: Reconnecting Puerto Rico, one region at a time

By Alexandra Alpert, Membership DirectorSan Juan, Puerto Rico – It’s been three weeks since Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean region, devastating islands already damaged by Hurricane Irma just days before. Puerto Rico caught the brunt of Maria’s ire, taking down the island’s aging power grid and its telecommunications capabilities. These failures, compounded by impassable … Continued

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Germany gives, and a refugee gives back

By Theresa RitzerAdnan Saleem Saqib has a wife and two daughters back home in Pakistan. Before fleeing his home country for Germany two years ago, Adnan worked as an accountant. He studied economics and met his wife-to-be in college. They fell in love and married without their parents arranging the union or first giving consent. … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Jonathan Palmer

By Kristin Kalning“Technology shouldn’t be led by technologists,” says Jonathan Palmer, NetHope Board member and secretary. This may sound counterintuitive, considering that Palmer is also Executive Director of Strategic Technology at the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), but he says this is one of the biggest lessons learned at his organization, which employs 3,000 … Continued

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‘The destruction is almost total’

By Kristin KalningOn September 8, NetHope decided to activate its Emergency Response team to the Caribbean, two days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Antigua and Barbuda. Isaac Kwamy, NetHope’s Director of Global Programs in Humanitarian Disaster Management, and his team are on the ground, assessing the damage after Irma, and experiencing the wrath of … Continued

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Finding work a challenge for all millennials, including refugees

By Amanda Cupido, World Vision InternationalIt’s the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma. What comes first: a job, so you can get experience? Or experience, so you can get a job? The average millennial knows this quandary all too well. According to No Lost Generation research, it’s also a concern for youth and adolescents affected by … Continued

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Device Challenge grantees share promising early reports

By Lisa ObradovichUntil recently, Samuel*, a driver for the Mugumu Safe House in Mugumu, Tanzania, had never used a smartphone or a map. “I had to rely on others to direct me to each village and sometimes we wasted fuel. Now I can find the way myself with this phone. I am very happy and … Continued

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Spectrum-monitoring system is a leap forward for Liberia

By Forrest Wilhoit, Africa Broadband CoordinatorThe Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 resulted in tragic loss of life across West Africa and caused massive global alarm. It also revealed the power of communications technology – and the significant problems that can result when communications networks fail during a crisis.In Liberia’s national response to Ebola, the fragility of … Continued

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