Closing a chapter…

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeToday, I am closing my NetHope chapter. While my husband and I had been having this conversation for many months, when I told Farhan in early January, it was bittersweet. But as I look back over my years at NetHope, I’m grateful for all that we have accomplished together. When I … Continued

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More reflections on WEF: 4 Key trends impacting nonprofits

Above: NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman with Tae Yoo, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, and Alan Donald, CFO at Mercy Corps during the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Editor’s Note: For the past six years, Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO, has represented NetHope at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting as a civil … Continued

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IT professional learns first-hand the benefits of membership through Disaster Response Training

Above: NetHope trainer Ingo Haraldsson explains solar energy solutions to trainees during the NetHope Africa region Disaster Response Training held in Uganda in November.By Emmanuel Mpango, World Vision Malawi I first heard of NetHope when I joined World Vision Malawi in 2015. As World Vision Malawi’s (WV) IT Infrastructure and Networks Administrator, my role encompasses … 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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I am NetHope: Martin Mbalu

For Martin Mbalu the moment at the recent NetHope Global Summit 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico when attendees whipped out their phones to post #IamNetHope selfies resonated as more than just a slogan or a hashtag moment. As the Global Service Delivery Manager with Oxfam International, Mbalu has personified the spirit of the engagement … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Two

We are ALL NetHope By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeSeveral months ago Rui Lopes, a longtime NetHope member representative and CIO of HIAS, suggested that we start an #IamNetHope campaign to reinforce the concept that we are better together and that—when it comes to NetHope—it’s not just about what you gain, but what you give. This … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day One

Above: NetHope’s Global Programs Director of Field Operations, Rami Shakra, welcomes those who helped during NetHope’s deployment to reconnect Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeWhat struck me first upon arriving at the Caribe Hilton, the site of our NetHope Global Summit 2019, was warmth. But not just the warmth of the … 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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The Patterson Foundation contributes $75,000 to NetHope’s connectivity efforts for displaced Venezuelans

Above: Matt Altman of NetHope partner CiscoTacOps tests a connectivity hub installed in Colombia. (Photo courtesy Sean Taylor) Contribution intended to catalyze additional support for NetHope’s efforts For the past three years, Venezuela has hovered on the edge of complete breakdown. The situation has drained the country of about 13 percent of its 31 million … Continued

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International Organization for Migration helps NetHope continue connectivity for Syrian refugees in Greece

Above: The International Organization for Migration has provided funding to continue the vital connectivity NetHope has set up for Syrian refugees living in settlements in Greece. As with most crises, once the immediate emergency is highlighted, the attention often is refocused elsewhere. But this doesn’t mean that the crisis is over. Such is the situation … Continued

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