Social media call out helps re-connect rural clinic in Abaco

Above: Some the staff and volunteers of the Coopers Town Community Clinic pose with disaster response staff from Humanity First. (Photo courtesy Coopers Town Clinic) The area of Coopers Town, a small outpost at the north end of Grand Abaco in the Bahamas, is a tight-knit community with the Coopers Town Community Clinic serving as … Continued

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NetHope in the Bahamas to set up vital communications networks

Photo: Courtesy IFRCIf disasters teach us anything, it’s the importance of communications in their aftermath. As NetHope coordinates with Bahamian officials, UN agencies, our nonprofit member organizations responding on the ground in the Bahamas, and our tech partners, it is clear that getting communications systems back up and running in the islands is absolutely imperative.NetHope’s … Continued

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FINCA Tanzania uses digital technology to expand financial literacy

Above:  Finance is undergoing a digital transformation. This transformation is most palpable in emerging markets like Tanzania, where digital channels are providing many people with access to financial services for the first time. FINCA was one of 17 recipients of the 2017 NetHope Device Challenge which offered $5.5 million in funding thanks to a grant … Continued

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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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5 things to know about the No Lost Generation Tech Summit 2019

Above: One of the first planning session for the 2019 Summit with youth in Ajloun, Jordan. December, 2018. By Leila Toplic, NetHope, and Vina Barahman, UNICEF The No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Summit is a two-day event being held in Amman, Jordan on June 25 and 26, co-led by UNICEF and NetHope, focused on tech-enabled … 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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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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Connectivity a world away becomes local

Above: Part of the sprawling refugee settlement in Dadaab, Kenya.By Frank Schott, NetHope Managing Director, New Program Development A few weeks ago on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I took a short Lyft ride downtown to catch the Seattle Mariners. My Lyft driver, Mohamed, was super talkative and we soon became involved in conversation. Little did … Continued

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