WEF 2019: Urgency and Energy Drive Work Toward Globalization 4.0

Above: NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman at the “Responsible Digital Transformation for Social Impact” panel at the World Economic Forum in January 2019.By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIn late January, I attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and I wanted to share my impressions. It’s always a busy week filled with valuable insights … Continued

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Dare to Innovate

Above: NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman during a presentation at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. Woodman celebrates five years in the position.NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman harmonizes innovation and human-focused aidBy Jacky Nakamura, NetHope InternWhen you think of a leader, who do you envision? Is it someone who can effectively lead a team? Is it … 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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Why Are Women Less Likely to Own a Phone?

By Katie Highet, Technical Advisor, mSTAR, FHI 360 and Jonathan Dolan, Digital Inclusion Team Lead, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAIDMuch has been written about the gender gap in mobile phone usage, specifically on why women are less likely to have access to this technology than men; why women are less likely to be technically literate … Continued

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Women’s empowerment? Not without men

By Revi Sterling, Chief of Party, Global Broadband and Innovations AllianceThere would not be women on the web in Matete if not for the men.Matete is rural, in a county in Kenya that has enjoyed significant development attention. It is not very conservative, nor is it a place where women are absent from public life. Women … Continued

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Empowering women with Digital Financial Services

Sophie Romana (left) and Shelley Spencer (right) report back from the June 8 high level roundtable organized by NetHope and USAID, which brought together mobile banking and gender champions to reflect on how Digital Financial Services (“DFS”) can galvanize women’s empowerment.Women’s empowerment is often measured by their access to resources and ability to make decisions over how … Continued

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Making every day Girls in ICT day!

By Grace Githaiga, Kenya Field Coordinator April 28, 2016, marks the annual Girls in ICT Day, which is an initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Its goal is to raise global awareness around empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This special day is … Continued

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Why Thinking Beyond International Women’s Day Is So Important

By Revi SterlingWhile America doesn’t celebrate International Women’s Day like we do Mother’s Day, or even Women’s History Month, one scan through Facebook reveals that the rest of the world does. Policemen giving female drivers flowers and men’s chorale groups singing to women just passing by give us encouragement that women are recognized (and recognizable) on this day. However, … Continued

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Wishful Thinking and Trickle-Down Technology

ICTD practitioners are afflicted with severe confirmation bias. Most of us started in this field thinking that technology was the panacea for global poverty and still hold on to that philosophy even after books and pundits and experience have demonstrated that technology is a tool, a means – not a solution…

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Propelling the Next Generation of Female Technology Leaders

On a global scale, women represent more than half of college graduates, yet only a small fraction of the technology sector workforce.  This is particularly true in emerging economies where men overwhelmingly dominate the field.  Nethope believes that increasing the number of women in ICT will deliver significant socialeconomic benefits for women, their families and entire communities around the world.  At the same time, we strive to engage and empower technical women throughout NetHope’s member organizations by encouraging recruitment, retention and success of women IT professionals.

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