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NetHope welcomes three new Members

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Food for the Poor, and CGIAR.


April 6, 2022

NetHope Communications Team

NetHope, a global consortium of over 60 of the world’s leading nonprofits, is proud to announce the election of three new nonprofit organizations as Members during its April Member Meeting. The three new Members – Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Food for the Poor, CGIAR, – share NetHope’s aim to work together to amplify aid, development and humanitarian work globally by using the transformative power of technology.

“Momentum continues to build as organizations around the world seek out NetHope Membership. They do so for the extraordinary community of Members and partners working globally, for the shared commitment to digital, data, and partnerships as key to the future of their work, and to the recognition that together we can do more than can any one of us alone. We are proud to welcome Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Food for the Poor, and CGIAR to the NetHope community of mission committed international organizations in humanitarian relief, development, and global conservation.” said NetHope CEO Lance Pierce on the announcement of these three 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 Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Food for the Poor, and CGIAR , to our community and we look forward to finding even more collective impact. Together.

Helvetas is committed to a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. Helvetas is an independent organization for development based in Switzerland with affiliated organizations in Germany and the United States. Helvetas supports poor and disadvantaged women, men and communities in about thirty developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Together with our partners Helvetas tackles the global challenges at various levels: with projects on the ground, with expert advice and by advocating for conducive framework conditions benefiting the poor. This triple commitment is empowering people and transforming lives. Helvetas follows a multi-stakeholder approach by linking civil society actors, governments and private sector.

Helvetas is active in five working areas: water, food and climate, education, jobs and private sector development, governance, gender and social equity. Helvetas engages in emergency relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation. In addition to rural areas, Helvetas is increasingly involved in urban development and is focusing its work on young women and men.

“Helvetas is excited to join the NetHope community as a member. We are thrilled to exchange on best practices, discuss industry trends, and collaborate on projects, to ensure the poor and disadvantaged we serve can sieze the opportunities that digital transformation holds. In particular, we are looking forward to learning more about the members' successful ICT4D initiatives and new technologies that help alleviating poverty. And we are happy to bring Helvetas’ extensive experience and expertise to the network, gained over more than 65 years in development and humanitarian contexts around the globe.” - Melchior Lengsfeld, Executive Director, Helvetas

Founded in 1982, Food For The Poor (FFTP) is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, and does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Thanks to its faithful donors, the organization’s programs are providing housing, health care, education, clean water, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance, in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day. Since inception, the charity has provided more than $17.4 billion in aid.

FFTP’s mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit. The materially poor are served by local churches, clergy and lay leaders who have been empowered and supplied with goods by FFTP. The poor in spirit are renewed by their relationship with and service to children and families living in poverty through our direct ministry of teaching, encouragement, and prayer. Ultimately, we seek to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with our Lord.

Food For The Poor is God’s instrument to help the materially poor and to renew the poor in spirit. Our ministry is a reflection of our Lord’s unconditional love – a love that surrenders all, that inspires trust and faith, and that embraces all people, regardless of race, status or creed. It is also shaped by our belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need. (Matthew 25:40) For guidance and to maintain the purity of our mission, we stress the need for regular prayer. Through surrender, service and prayer, we seek a closer union with our Lord.

"Having served the poor’s needs for over 40 years, we know we cannot solve the complexities of poverty by ourselves nor by use of the same methods that we began with. Technological innovation and collaboration with partners are vital and are key elements that contribute to our drive to be a learning organization.  The NetHope community provides an incredible opportunity to accomplish these goals and we are honored to be awarded the opportunity to learn and to share our experiences." - Jeff Alexander, EVP & Chief Outcomes Officer, Food for the Poor

From spurring the Green Revolution to spearheading food systems science, CGIAR is transforming to solve today’s – and tomorrow’s – interconnected food, land, water and climate crises.

"One CGIAR would greatly appreciate being a part of a vibrant global community of leaders and partners joining forces through technology to tackle global issues such as poverty, hunger, and climate change and achieving our 2030 sustainable development goals." - Khuloud Odeh, Global Director Digital Services, CGIAR

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