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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Project Reconnect: Helping refugees rebuild their lives in Germany

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead, NetHope - Project Reconnect“I am an Iraqi refugee, in Germany for two years and seven months. I regularly joined the study group (using Chromebooks at the library) in Bogenhausen, and was able to complete my language tests and the integration course. The language training at the computer was very useful … Continued

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Designing Disaster: An interview with Gisli Olafsson

Gisli Olafsson (standing to right) is a Humanitarian Advisor at NetHope and has been responding to disasters for the past 25 years. He is the main designer behind the NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training simulation held in Panama July 18-28. Below is an interview where he explains his process for designing the simulation and the expectations … Continued

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Power of collaboration demonstrated during Disaster Training – Day 2

This is part of a series of posts occurring through the end of July as we track NetHope’s Disaster Preparedness Training occurring in Panama. Read the Pre-Training post here.So much of what the public hears about the big tech companies often focuses on the intense rivalries among them.But during NetHope’s Disaster Preparedness Training, taking place now in Panama, … Continued

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