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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. To meet Mission goals and to save lives, significant improvements and increases in Internet connectivity were essential. In early 2012, in collaboration with Cisco, Microsoft and Inveneo, USAID's Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI) and implementing partner NetHope supported the development and rapid deployment of a low-cost, high-speed broadband network - DadaabNet - to serve aid agencies' operations and the broader refugee community.

Gísli gives us insight into the reality of the humanitarian aid worker, which is often enveloped in an aura of nobility.

Since 2007, Mercy Corps has been an NGO leader in building digital payment channels for the underserved. Using a 2013 Visa Innovation Grant, Mercy Corps has expanded upon existing work focused on digital financial access in rural areas by offering Indonesian smallholder farmers a full range of tailored digital payment options to improve productivity and profits. The program, called AgriPay, is based on the development of a scalable and replicable model to provide access to digital payments and financial services, including loan repayments.

A friendly video thank you note from CARE in response to our support of their efforts after Typhoon Haiyan.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), Ericsson Response, NetHope and their partner BT installed a VSAT and bandwidth management solution in Roxas City, a key operational hub for the humanitarian community responding to Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda).

In partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications, Microsoft East Africa and Mawingu Networks, Ltd., the USAID GBI program and implementing partner NetHope are supporting the Mawingu TV White Space Broadband Project to deliver solar-powered wireless access across rural Kenya.

Innovations for Youth Capacity and Engagement, "IYCE", is an initiative project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with NetHope and E-Line Media. IYCE meets young people where they are, capturing their interest with gaming and other new media that they consider relevant, interesting and 'cool'. IYCE's first project will be piloting a Facebook city building game in Jordan called "Our City". Through a one of a kind serious game, players will engage in productive city-builiding experiences with opportuntiies to engage both on and offline. Our City will focus on exploring how social media, and more importantly serious social games, can engage and empower youth to understand how they can participate in building a vibrant city. The IYCE pilot game will develop an understanding of the key elements in building a vibrant city and offer players the opportunity to accelerate their advancement in the game both through online and offline, real world community engagements. Real-world experiences will be facilitated by strategic partnerships with local youth-focused NGOs. Players will learn to make decisions around an integrated on and offline engaging game experience, developing a community-oriented perspective to make a difference in their digital and real-world communities.

In this video, Gisli Olafsson, the Emergency Response Director of NetHope interviews Jonathan Dayrit, ICT officer for Plan International on the role of information and communication technology in the response to Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. This video was shot on location in Boston, one of the worst hit towns in the province of Davao Oriental.

Landmark Ventures Social Innovation Summit: Dr. William Brindley, NetHope

The Patterson Foundation's President and CEO Debra Jacobs explains its collaboration with NetHope to help aid disaster globally.

This video was created for the NetHope Academy graduation ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Haiti held on Friday, March 18, 2011. It includes photos of the graduating class. The 6-month program provided Haitian computer science students with both classroom and on-the-job IT skills training, enabling 80% of the graduates to receive full-time job offers, and expanding the nation's IT capacity. The video includes the song "Better" by Melky Jean, with approval from CARE. To purchase the CD, visit

NetHope collaborates with its 30+ member organizations all over the world to address challenges with ICT solutions. With help of Microsoft's SharePoint, member organization World Vision International is able to connect with other organizations as well as their reapply best practices, in Haiti in this particular case.

This video from NetHope member Ashoka illustrates the use of technology to help rural farmers in Africa access accurate market information, and share best practices to increase crop yields.

This video from NetHope member Catholic Relief Services (CRS) illustrates how the spread of two major cassava diseases (cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak disease) is threatening the food security of millions of farmers in central and east Africa. CRS and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) developed a consortium with NetHope, Intel, Agilix and FormRouter, to provide an e-learning solution to help farmers prevent the spread of the diseases. This 5-year project aims to get disease-resistant cuttings to more than one million farming families in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Most of the world still lacks adequate technology which hurts business growth, slows aid to disaster victims, and keeps people from communicating with each other. NetHope is the bridge across the technology gap. We bring together the world's leading humanitarian groups and high tech companies in a common cause, which multiplies the power of these groups.

NetHope's aim is simple: be a catalyst for collaboration. Use its open innovation model to drive both private sector partnerships, and collaborate with its NGO member organizations to solve problems, to share knowledge - resulting in access to the best information, the best technology, and the best practices. By doing so, NetHope is shortening the time between idea and product, between product and scalability, and most importantly, between problem and solution. Put simply, NetHope is innovating the process by which we innovate The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support this critical effort. - Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation

Since 2006, NetHope Academy has been providing technical training and internships to humanitarian staff and unemployed youth in developing countries. In Haiti, NetHope Academy connects computer science students with internships at humanitarian organizations, providing them with hands-on work experience, and addressing the nation's dire need for skilled technologists.

Immediately after the earthquake devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, NetHope and Inveneo worked to re-establish Internet connectivity to many of the world's largest humanitarian agencies in Port-au-Prince. In the days following the emergency, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton identified water, food, medical assistance, and communications as Haiti's most critical needs. NetHope and Inveneo activated a broadband WiFi network in just 6 days, enabling NGOsto quickly and effectively organize and deliver rescue and relief services.