Indonesia response a window to NetHope model of collaboration

Damage around Palu, Indonesia. Photo courtesy DoGoodFilms.By Brent Carbno, Managing Director, Global Programs for NetHopeWhen the news broke on September 28 that a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami had leveled villages on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, I immediately contacted our field connectivity team and others to learn about the impacts of this double … Continued

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HIAS embraces digital transformation

Above: HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield with recently settled Syrian refugee Omar Alawad and his family in Toledo, OH. Photo credit: Christie MaterniHIAS CEO Mark Hetfield is our first guest on NetHope’s new Destination Digital podcastFor the 129 years of HIAS’s existence, the dreams and aspirations of refugees—and the threats they face—have remained much the same. … Continued

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Global refugee crisis: Refugee turned humanitarian shares reasons for optimism

Conflict-affected youth in Lebanon interacting with and testing Hakeem chatbot in September 2018 (Photo credit: NRC)This month, governments, humanitarian organizations, the private sector, and civil society are convening in New York City for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. One of the pressing topics on the agenda is how to accelerate and expand efforts to deliver education … Continued

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Designing Disaster: An interview with Gisli Olafsson

Gisli Olafsson (standing to right) is a Humanitarian Advisor at NetHope and has been responding to disasters for the past 25 years. He is the main designer behind the NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training simulation held in Panama July 18-28. Below is an interview where he explains his process for designing the simulation and the expectations … Continued

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Remembering Manu Bhardwaj

Last week, our hearts were broken by the news of the passing of Manu Bhardwaj.  A respected colleague, dedicated public servant, and passionate humanitarian, Manu has been a good friend to NetHope for many years.We first got to know Manu through his work with the World Economic Forum while he served with the State Department … Continued

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Medair “melts hearts, inspires minds” as they dream of digital solutions

This is the third post in a series focusing on the first networking group of NetHope members participating in IDEA (Imagine, Design, Execute, Assess), a broad umbrella for digital transformation processes offered to NetHope members through The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The first IDEA implementation pilot is based on Dream, Design, Deliver, a social … 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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Faces of NetHope: Former refugee shares expertise, experience

By Kristin KalningLeila Toplic spent many years working in technology, first at Adobe Systems in Seattle, which she joined after graduating from Wellesley College, and then at Microsoft, where she spent 11 years. But Leila got her first taste of computers in a rather unexpected place: A refugee camp in southern Hungary, where she and … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Rami Shakra

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Lagadikia, Greece — “Everything boils down to soft skills,” says Rami Shakra, NetHope’s Director of Field Connectivity. Rami meets new people effortlessly: He’s friendly, funny and, a deft … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Isaac Kwamy

By Kristin KalningIsaac Kwamy came to NetHope at the beginning of 2016 because he wanted to use his skills in humanitarian operations to make an impact.“I wanted to play a role in the humanitarian sector to position access to information as a basic need, on par with food, water, shelter and health,” he says. “I … Continued

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