November 15, 2021
NetHope Communications Team
NetHope, a global consortium of over 60 of the world’s leading nonprofits, is proud to announce the election of four new nonprofit organizations as Members during its November 3 Annual General Meeting.
The four new Members – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Corus International, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and Trek Medics – share NetHope’s mission to work together to amplify aid, development and humanitarian work globally by using the transformative power of technology.
“We are delighted to welcome these highly regarded organizations into the NetHope Membership. It is a testament to our community that such high caliber nonprofits are seeking to join the NetHope community as a critical part of their digital transformation journey. The NetHope community has likewise responded by enthusiastically voting to bring these organizations into the collective. Together our community is doing more to achieve collective impact in ways that build on and go beyond the reach of individual organizations,” said NetHope CEO Lance Pierce on the announcement of these new NetHope Members.
Through NetHope, Members share insights and lessons learned, collaborate on common issues, and work together to solve the complex problems that face nonprofits as they embrace digital in their operations, missions, and programs today. The NetHope Members do this via thematic Working Groups, regional Chapters, partnership programs and trainings, and collective emergency responses. NetHope welcomes the rich expertise brought by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Corus International, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and Trek Medics, to our community and we look forward to finding even more collective impact. Together.
About Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
We are more than 150 thinkers and doers from diverse disciplines and perspectives spread across more than twenty countries and six global centers working together as one network to advance international peace.
“The Carnegie Endowment is excited to join NetHope and collaborate with peer organizations and partners on technology to help bring forward fresh ideas that advance international peace,” said Ian Gottesman, Chief Information Officer at the Carnegie Endowment. “Joining NetHope benefits more than our operations and IT work, it will aid our research on human development, privacy, and technology.” – The Executive Team, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
About Corus International
Motivated by God’s love for the whole world, Corus seeks to end human suffering and injustice by working with the world’s most vulnerable people to break the cycle of poverty and lead healthy lives.
In the world’s most difficult places, we invest in individuals, families, and communities to work together to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face. We take a holistic approach, seeing poverty, health, and the environment as inextricably intertwined.
Our long history of partnerships with local communities, businesses, and governments enables us to use and affirm local knowledge to create enduring change. Learning from our experiences, we bring innovative approaches and expertise to make markets work for the poor and to promote health and abundant life for all.
Committed to helping people achieve economic independence, we take a developmental approach to all our work, including responses to humanitarian crises. We seek always to restore and improve people’s lives by giving them the tools to feed their families, rebuild their communities, and improve their health.
As a faith-based nonprofit organization we are called to respond to the needs of others, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. We are driven by our core values of integrity, stewardship, and organizational excellence and our desire to see a world in which everyone can live in dignity and peace. Walking side by side with those we serve, together, we put belief into action to fuel a cycle of lasting impact.
To urgently end poverty, suffering, and injustice wherever they afflict humanity, with enduring passion, partnership, and expertise.
”Corus International is a family of long-standing nonprofit and for-profit organizations with multi-sectoral approaches to reducing poverty and improving community health. We are thrilled to be a part of the NetHope community to ensure the effectiveness of our integrated programming and internal operations with technology-driven solutions. We look forward to engaging with the wide array of mission-driven NetHope members in collaborative learning and innovative partnerships to support our collective work in reaching interrelated development goals.” - Cheri Kase, CIO
About Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. We work together to provide map data which revolutionises disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
”Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) aims to ensure the world's digital map represents the world's people and that timely, fit-for-purpose map data is available to make good decisions during crises and to improve lives. Building an open, digital map of the entire world takes a global movement of people and partners working together. NetHope has helped HOT expand this global open mapping movement; from mapping together with NetHope member NGOs to developing innovative technology with corporate partners. HOT is happy to officially join the NetHope family today and looks forward to supporting and partnering with colleagues in the NetHope network on open geodata for impact.” – Bo Percival, Director of Technology and Innovation, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
About Trek Medics
Trek Medics is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving access to emergency care and transport for at-risk and vulnerable populations through innovative mobile phone technologies.
“In joining NetHope, Trek Medics looks forward to bringing its extensive program implementation experience to the organization, gained through more than 20 years of interventions in prehospital emergency care systems, including in both development and disaster relief contexts. Throughout this time Trek Medics has strived singularly to use technology to strengthen the impact of local and international response organizations for beneficiaries and improve their accountability among them. Some recent successes include: supporting the emergency communications of the Somali Red Crescent Society’s prehospital emergency care system which responds to over 300 incidents per month, ranging from “routine” emergencies like motor vehicle collisions and dialysis patients, to horrific multi-casualty incidents caused by suicide bombings. Another success we’re proud of is having had the privilege of supporting rural ambulance and fire services along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic since 2014 – what began as a small pilot program funded by USAID’s Development Innovation Venture program has turned into to a community-based response platform that has been used to coordinate response operations for daily emergencies and through six hurricane seasons and is now being replicated in Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Internally, we have accrued an extraordinary amount of “institutional knowledge” which we believe could be of great benefit to other NGOs working to develop community response programs. This knowledge has been earned through the school of hard knocks, after years of work with countless telecom providers, public safety and public health agencies, and non-traditional community response groups. The sailing hasn’t always been smooth, but we never let such opportunities for learning to slip away – as with any technology project, the biggest challenges are often found in the human systems that utilize the technology, and in this area we have a deep wealth of knowledge that we are eager to contribute to NetHope’s community.
We are keen to be an active Member and hope to make a strong start through participating in 2021 NetHope summit and joining Working Groups where we will have the most to contribute.” - Jason Friesen, MPH, EMT-P Founder / Executive Director, Trek Medics International