AI in the Humanitarian Sector

 Benefits, Challenges, and the Path Forward By Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative, NetHope What are the benefits of using AI in humanitarian contexts? What are the challenges? And what do we need to consider if we seek to incorporate more AI into the NGO sector? Today, close to 80 million people are displaced … Continued

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Partner collaboration as an enabler for aid during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

When Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, many organizations quickly became more reliant on connectivity to carry out program activities. The public health strategy of “flattening the curve” to prevent the spread of the virus, added an extra layer of social protection measures to consider and implement. The imposed lockdown hampered the timely delivery of aid … 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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NetHope aids its 57 global nonprofit members in battle against COVID-19

By Brent Carbno, Managing Director of Global Programs, NetHopeThe international humanitarian system is facing its largest global challenge since WWII. COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus, is spreading throughout every country in the world, universally disrupting our everyday lives personally and professionally. Physical separation limits the spread of the virus and is requiring millions … Continued

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Practical insights on chatbots and how to get started

Seventeen nonprofit organizations participated in NetHope’s European Chapter meeting in Woking, UK, at Plan International’s headquarters, February 26-28, 2020. By Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative at NetHope Last week at the NetHope European Chapter meeting, 30+ representatives from 17 NGOs came together to share, learn, and collaborate. At this meeting, NGOs wanted to … Continued

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AI and the future of learning: What we talked about at the world’s largest edtech event

By Leila Toplic, Lead, Emerging Technologies, NetHope   The 2020 Bett Conference brings together over 34,000 attendees, including more than 800 leading companies, and 103 EdTech startups from the education technology landscape. People from over 146 countries in the global education community come together to discuss the future of education and explore how technology and innovation can enable learners … Continued

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IOM and RIS to assume maintenance of NetHope networks for refugees in Greece

The Syrian refugee crisis, despite being out of the media spotlight, has lasting effects. As one of NetHope’s longest lasting projects, we have provided connectivity in the Greek-based refugee settlements for the last four years, funded through our various partners and, for the last 10 months, by a special grant provided by the International Office … Continued

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The impact of connectivity affects humanitarians as well as beneficiaries

We know the incredible positive impact connectivity has on those directly affected by disaster and displacement. The stories of reconnection with family and friends, finding essential needs such as food and shelter, opportunities for employment, training, and education, and even the simple yet necessary need for entertainment and cultural connection, are important qualitative and quantifiable … Continued

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Greek engineers work to continue connectivity for Syrian refugees

Above: Syrian refugees utilizing a charging station provided by NetHope. For the past three years, Nikos Nassopoulos has seen the benefits that come with connectivity for refugees. As NetHope’s on-the-ground representative in Greece, Nassopoulos has supported the organization’s mission to continue providing connectivity for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who still reside in … Continued

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