Project Reconnect: with Chromebooks, refugees work on their plans for the future

By Frank Schott, Former Vice President of Global Programs, NetHopeIn 2016, Google Germany and NetHope started Project Reconnect, an initiative to provide refugees access to online education and information. Today we reflect and (re)connect with some of the organizations whose initiatives were supported with Chromebooks sponsored by Google.org. Note: the German translation of this article … Continued

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Smart Phone, Smart Business

By Shelley Spencer, NetHope Payment Innovations Project Manager, and CEO of Strategic Impact AdvisorsWhat does it take to build an equitable and inclusive digital world? Not a new question for NetHope or its members but one that continues to be front and center as digital transformation continues to shift economic activity to digital platforms. Individuals … Continued

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Crossing the finish line to digital financial inclusion

By Shelley Spencer, CEO of Strategic Impact Advisors. Hear Shelley at this year’s NetHope Virtual Global Summit.Digital technology has changed the path to the global goal of universal financial inclusion. Mobile phones are now mobile wallets used to store funds, pay school fees, access financing to buy a solar system and receive payments. Small shops … Continued

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NetHope brings critical connectivity to disaster response in the Bahamas

NetHope member the International Medical Corps' effort helping the survivors of Hurricane Dorian were aided by connectivity assistance provided through NetHope and the government of Luxembourg. Photo courtesy IMC. By Susan Mangicaro, Emergency Response Team Lead, International Medical Corps Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas in September 2019, was the worst storm to hit the … Continued

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World Refugee Day: 19 years of using tech to help refugees and displaced people around the planet

In 2000, the UN General Assembly officially adopted June 20 as World Refugee Day (WRD) with its official public launch held the following June 2001. The day has never been more relevant with, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 70.8 million people displaced around the world from conflict, natural disasters, … Continued

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La tecnología educativa durante COVID-19: Aspectos destacados de la primera reunión virtual del Capítulo de América Latina

This was the first completely virtual meeting for a NetHope Chapter. It allowed more participants and a vibrant opportunity for sharing. (An English-language version of this post follows below the original.) por Claudia Garcia, ITC Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council La primera reunión virtual del capítulo latinoamericano de NetHope fue un éxito rotundo, con un número … Continued

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Disaster preparation depends on trained responders and proactive funding

Above: Setting up connectivity in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Photo by Ivo Belohoubek. Disasters, just by their very nature, often take place with little to no warning. While this may be true, not only individuals but organizations can properly prepare for “the worst.” For NetHope and its nonprofit members, tech partners, … Continued

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I am NetHope: Angela Sousa

As the winds howled around her and the rain sliced down in thick sheets, Angela Sousa was understandably apprehensive. “As I prepared for Hurricane Maria,” relates Sousa, “I went over my list: food, water, medicine, check; lanterns and batteries, check; copies of personal documents, extra cash, and radio, check…Seeing my apprehension my neighbors said, 'tranquila, … Continued

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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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