The Future of ‘Good’ Identity

Cash transfer is one of the services that ‘good’ identity unlocks. Cash is one of the quickest ways to help people get back on their feet and on their way to recovery when crises strike. (Photo courtesy Mercy Corps)By Leila Toplic, No Lost Generation Tech Task Force LeadIdentity is one of those unique topics that matters to … Continued

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The (Near) Future of Work & Learning for Nonprofits and Individuals

By Gary A. Bolles (Chair of Future of Work, Singularity University) & Leila Toplic (No Lost Generation Tech Task Force Lead, NetHope)This blog post is a preview of some of the topics we’ll be discussing at NetHope Global Summit in Dublin. The ChangeWe are at a dramatic inflection point in human history. We are better … 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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Indonesia response a window to NetHope model of collaboration

Damage around Palu, Indonesia. Photo courtesy DoGoodFilms.By Brent Carbno, Managing Director, Global Programs for NetHopeWhen the news broke on September 28 that a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami had leveled villages on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, I immediately contacted our field connectivity team and others to learn about the impacts of this double … Continued

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Blockchain: beyond the buzz

Study reveals how nine market leaders stack upBy Ric Shreves, Senior Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy CorpsEven for those familiar with distributed ledgers, the next level is to determine how their capabilities  measure up comparatively when searching for the best application to build and deploy your project.To help cut through the abundance, and confusion, of … 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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NetHope 2017 Device Challenge by the Numbers: One Year Later

By Lisa ObradovichThe 17 grantees who were awarded funds from the 2017 NetHope Device Challenge have been extremely busy since the project’s inception just over one year ago. From programs opening doors for deaf children in Pakistan to transforming the lives of refugees, NetHope is pleased to share updates from our Device Challenge grantees and … Continued

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NetHope Device Challenge Gold Star Award Winners Announced

NetHope 2017 Device Challenge grantees recognized for innovative application of internet-enabled devices By Lisa ObradovichNetHope is thrilled to announce the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge “Gold Star Award” winners: Mercy Corps and The Nature Conservancy.  These two organizations were selected to receive an additional $25,000 USD grant on top of the original funding they and 15 other … 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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