Mark Hawkins: “the engine that makes things happen.”

Welcome to the third in a series of profiles of NetHope members and partners entitled ‘I am NetHope.’ These individuals represent a broad spectrum of our member organizations, tech partners, and funders. They demonstrate the collaborative spirit that was the founding principal of NetHope 18 years ago, and continues today. They reinforce the concept that … Continued

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Center for Disaster Philanthropy grant drives information as a form of aid

Above: A naturalist teaches community gardening to residents of the Villa Calma II community in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy Internews by Mayra V. Martínez Noble. A key element of post-disaster recovery is coordinating the delivery of aid programs so that organizations can avoid duplication of effort and find ways to amplify each other’s … Continued

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In the wake of Idai: Where things stand one month later

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth is now lashing the already savaged nation of Mozambique, with 700,000 people in its path and promising more devastation due to flooding. For responders to stay connected is vital to helping rescue, feed, and shelter those impacted by storms such as this. After the destruction caused by tropical Cyclone Idai, NetHope deployed … Continued

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Connectivity for humanity: Efforts aid Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

Since the end of 2018, NetHope and its network of global nonprofit members and tech partners have been deployed in Colombia, working to alleviate the huge crisis of people fleeing the increasing unrest in Venezuela. Since 2014, more than two million people have left that country, escaping the hunger, poverty, and destitution created by the … Continued

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Disaster response training course launched for Asia region

By Gisli Olafsson, Humanitarian Advisor, NetHope During the first week of April, NetHope conducted its inaugural disaster response training (DRT) course for the Asia region in Makati, Philippines. Thirty-two participants from 17 member organizations and three governmental organizations were given hands-on training in emergency telecommunication networking, wireless distribution, TV white space, installation of VSATs, alternative … Continued

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Signs of hope on a Colombian homecoming

Above: NetHope’s Alexandra Alpert, left, with Norwegian Refugee Council’s Cindy Reales and Claudia Marcela García during her trip to Colombia.By Alexandra Alpert, Director of Membership, NetHope As a native Colombian, I looked forward to my homecoming as I traveled to Santa Marta for the NetHope Latin America Chapter meeting. Each time I go back to … Continued

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NetHope team to assess connectivity following Cyclone Idai

Above: NetHope Field Operations Director Rami Shakra (front in black shirt) coordinates connectivity assessment team inn Beira, Mozambique. Photo courtesy ETC. On March 14, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique as a Category 3 storm, deemed by the United Nations as “one of the worst storm-related catastrophes ever to hit the southern hemisphere.” The … Continued

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A Personal Account of a Tech Partner in Colombia

Every day, humanitarian response―and the promise that digital transformation holds for nonprofits to aid the world’s most vulnerable and underserved―is the focus of our work. But this is not a theoretical, detached proposition. The impact this work has on individuals and the communities we serve is what motivates all of us to perform this work … Continued

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