Episode 1 with Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS

In this inaugural episode, we learn that for the 129 years since its foundation, HIAS has focused on the needs of refugees, starting with Jewish migrants to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, to all refugees facing the challenges to their status today. Throughout this time, however, the dreams and aspirations 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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Reflecting on Hurricane Maria

Anniversary of last year’s hurricane heightens preparedness for 2018The effects of last year’s hurricanes are still reverberating throughout the Caribbean and Gulf Coast region. The roll call of the devastation was sobering but was a clarion call for NetHope and its members and partners to increase our collective efforts to be prepared for the coming … 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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Unlocking insights from data: Collaboration with private sector creates cutting-edge maps for disaster response

By Marena Brinkhurst, Community Team Program Manager, Mapbox, and John Crowley, Director of Information Management and Crisis Informatics, NetHopeAs humanitarian operations have become more complex, they require ever more powerful tools to coordinate dozens, hundreds, and sometimes thousands of NGOs and government agencies on the core mission: helping people in need. Information can make or … 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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Rebuilding lives a focus during World Humanitarian Day

Above: Rami Shakra (far right), NetHope’s Global Programs Director, Field Operations visits with a beneficiary family in Greece.NetHope and its network of 57 global nonprofit members and more than 60 tech partners respond to dire humanitarian crises around the world. During this year’s World Humanitarian Day (August 19), we continue to recognize the millions of … Continued

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Project Reconnect: Helping refugees rebuild their lives in Germany

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead, NetHope – Project Reconnect“I am an Iraqi refugee, in Germany for two years and seven months. I regularly joined the study group (using Chromebooks at the library) in Bogenhausen, and was able to complete my language tests and the integration course. The language training at the computer was very useful … Continued

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