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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Digital Transformation that Delivers: NetHope’s Eight Year Journey on the Path to Digital Financial Inclusion

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeDigital transformation, whether for organizations or across a sector, is hard work. It requires patience, attention to detail, and a willingness to be in a perpetual mode of evaluation and learning. In the area of financial services, digital transformation is making huge gains at record speed.  As the CEO of NetHope, … Continued

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Reflecting on a new year and new hopes

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeThis is the time of year when many review the past 12 months before we take a deep breath and dive into the next year. While it’s true to a large degree that our pasts color who we are—the actions we took, the decisions we made—and brought us to where we … 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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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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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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