Collaboration and Connectivity Are Keys to Refugee Response

NetHope, with its extended community of member organizations, tech partners, and governmental and funding entities, is connecting the world’s largest refugee camp in northern Uganda.As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their … Continued

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Cellphones provide a lifeline for refugees

We all know that cellphones and the internet have revolutionized how we all perform our work and daily lives. But access to phones is also transforming the lives of refugees escaping war zones and persecution in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.As the numbers of refugees entering Greece and the Balkan … Continued

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Creating a Roadmap for Aid in a Zambian Community

HumanitarianOpenStreet Maps (HOT) is one of 17 recipients of the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge. The collective impact of these projects is making a difference in communities across the globe.Most of us take for granted that Google Maps will accurately lead us in the right direction. But in many parts of the world, difficult terrain, remote … Continued

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

This is the third post in a four-part series focusing on NetHope members participating in the Dream, Design, and Deliver program, a social impact accelerator of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit.By Jean-Louis Ecochard, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, NetHopeAs I write this, 23 reported emergencies have ignited in just the last two days. … Continued

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Faith into Action in the Digital Age

This is the second post in a four-part series focusing on NetHope members participating in the Dream, Design, and Deliver program, a social impact accelerator of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. By Jim Daniell, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, NetHopeCalled by deeply held faith, many NGOs use that foundation to help find solutions to … Continued

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The Vital Role of Telecommunications in an Emergency

Communications capacity and tools are the lifeline of any major emergency response effort such as the fight to combat the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.  And quality information, made accessible to key decision makers, is paramount in enabling responders to make timely, informed decisions that save lives and ease human suffering.

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Civil drone helps NetHope Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines

In Tacloban, everything was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan: raised houses, destroyed bridges, blocked roads, disrupted communications; and tens of thousands of people were affected, and needed help.

The international rescue teams who arrived on the archipelago soon after the disaster struck were met with major logistical challenges, as they tried to access areas that had been isolated by the devastation. NGOs needed help that could fly.

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DadaabNet: Delivering Sustainable Internet to the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Since July 2011, the worst drought and famine in East Africa in more than 60 years placed severe strain on the multitude of humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab, Kenya – the world’s largest refugee camp with a population exceeding 500,000 individuals. The unprecedented number of displaced people required a massive scale-up of operations by USAID-funded humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab. To meet mission goals and to save lives, significant improvements and increases in Internet connectivity were essential.

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New High-Speed Network Connects Dadaab Aid Agencies For Collaboration

The worst drought and famine in more than 60 years has placed strain on humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab, Kenya and calls for better-coordinated relief efforts. The crisis has threatened the livelihood of 9.5 million people in the Horn of Africa since early 2011. Refugees from Somalia continue to arrive in Kenya by the tens of thousands, making the Dadaab complex now the world’s largest refugee camp ever with almost 500,000 counted and perhaps as many as 100,000 more unregistered. Responding aid organizations are stretched to their limits as they try and provide critical life-sustaining services such as food, housing, sanitation and medical relief to those in Dadaab. To make matters even more difficult, Somali-based terrorist organization al Shebaab recently escalated activities in and around the camps. Security has been heightened to ensure the safety of contractors, staff and refugees.
To answer the pressing challenges encountered by agencies working in the Dadaab camp, NetHope, Inveneo and Cisco came together to create a new collaboration network that enables humanitarian agencies to function better, to communicate better with other organizations and to better support operations.

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