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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Blockchain: beyond the buzz

Study reveals how nine market leaders stack upBy Ric Shreves, Senior Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy CorpsEven for those familiar with distributed ledgers, the next level is to determine how their capabilities  measure up comparatively when searching for the best application to build and deploy your project.To help cut through the abundance, and confusion, of … 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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NetHope 2017 Device Challenge by the Numbers: One Year Later

By Lisa ObradovichThe 17 grantees who were awarded funds from the 2017 NetHope Device Challenge have been extremely busy since the project’s inception just over one year ago. From programs opening doors for deaf children in Pakistan to transforming the lives of refugees, NetHope is pleased to share updates from our Device Challenge grantees and … Continued

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NetHope Device Challenge Gold Star Award Winners Announced

NetHope 2017 Device Challenge grantees recognized for innovative application of internet-enabled devices By Lisa ObradovichNetHope is thrilled to announce the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge “Gold Star Award” winners: Mercy Corps and The Nature Conservancy.  These two organizations were selected to receive an additional $25,000 USD grant on top of the original funding they and 15 other … Continued

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One year later: Committed to Caribbean Disaster Preparedness

Above: NetHope’s Frank Schott, standing next to President Clinton, at the recent Clinton Global Initiative event.“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” – Max Mayfield, former Director of the National Hurricane CenterBy Frank Schott, Managing Director of New Program DevelopmentAlmost one year ago today, Hurricane Irma smashed into the leeward Caribbean Islands … Continued

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Shifting the paradigm: Kiva strengthens ties between lenders and refugees

While refugees seek economic opportunities, most financial institutions, whether local microfinancing organizations or traditional banks, are unwilling to serve refugees because they are perceived as too risky. But as refugees experience protracted periods of displacement—sometimes upwards of 20 years—the real need for economic stability and even growth becomes more pressing.Since 2016, Kiva has worked to overcome … Continued

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Be Prepared: Response Training Readies Responders for Disaster

NetHope will be conducting a Disaster Preparedness Training in mid-July. Visit our blog from July 18 to the end of the month as we provide updates directly from the field as this training unfolds. Interesting interviews with participants and trainers, photos, videos, and more will detail the work being performed by NetHope members and tech … Continued

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NRC Dreams of Accelerating Legal Aid for Displaced People

This is the fourth post in a series focusing on the first networking group of NetHope members participating in IDEA (Imagine, Design, Execute, Assess), a process to speed up digital transformation offered to NetHope members through its social impact accelerator, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The first IDEA implementation pilot is based on Dream, … Continued

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NetHope provides connectivity in aftermath of Guatemalan eruption

Guatemalan children affected by the eruption of Volcán de Fuego partake of the connectivity provided by NetHope in their temporary shelter location. Ingolfur Haraldsson knew the look. He had seen similar expressions on the refugees streaming into Greece—they told of anguish, fear and uncertainty of what was to come. Haraldsson, a communication specialist with NetHope, … Continued

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