Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance progresses digital inclusion in rural areas around the globe

The Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI) is a 10-year cooperative agreement between NetHope and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). GBI leverages new and existing technologies to support socioeconomic development in USAID-priority countries through (1) extending the reach of broadband internet access, including enhanced mobile networks, into more remote and rural areas; and … Continued

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4 moments of truth

  This is the fifth and final post in a series to guide nonprofit leaders on what it takes to thrive in their digital transformation journey. These ideas leverage research from MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) complemented with The Center for the Digital Nonprofit studies of the digital transformation experience of nonprofits gained … Continued

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Coordinated – and early – involvement key to eradicating poverty

Above: DFID Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft (wearing tie) met NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman (center), Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, and Dena Morris, President, Washington Global Health Alliance, during a visit to Seattle where Rycroft participated in health and tech roundtable discussions.Digital technology has radically transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. From financial transactions … Continued

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NetHope’s new Emerging Technologies Working Group: Focus on AI and blockchain

By Leila Toplic, Lead for NetHope’s Emerging Technologies Working GroupToday’s news is filled with stories about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain. These technologies promise massive benefits to nearly every type of organization, including those focused on driving social impact.While there’s concern about the readiness of these technologies for our sector and challenges related to data, infrastructure, … Continued

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Times call for an Agile mindset

By Jean-Louis Ecochard, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit Work is changing in the 21st century. One of the fundamental elements of rethinking how work gets done is rooted in digital. Broadly called “Agile” (e.g., organizational agility, business agility, management agility), this paradigm shift in management is ideally suited to respond to the pace and complexity … Continued

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Technology as a positive force for social impact

Above: Panel members at the recent Grace Hopper ConferenceBy Leila Toplic (NetHope), Minnie Ingersoll (Code for America), Erin Coffman (Airbnb), Esra Ozkan (Loon/Alphabet), Sandra Liu Huang (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”William Gibson, American-Canadian fiction writer and essayist, made this prescient statement in the early 1990s, but … Continued

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Contributions across the conference chasm

By Revi SterlingThe two largest general ICT for Development conferences have happened in the last month, both focusing on similar development issues, emerging technologies, and geographies. The overlap stops there: ICT4D, sponsored by and designed for the NGO community, had a smattering of funders and policy-type academics. ICTD2016, a research-specific conference, only had NGOs to … Continued

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