HIAS embraces digital transformation

Above: HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield with recently settled Syrian refugee Omar Alawad and his family in Toledo, OH. Photo credit: Christie MaterniHIAS CEO Mark Hetfield is our first guest on NetHope’s new Destination Digital podcastFor the 129 years of HIAS’s existence, the dreams and aspirations of refugees—and the threats they face—have remained much the same. … 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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NRC Dreams of Accelerating Legal Aid for Displaced People

This is the fourth post in a series focusing on the first networking group of NetHope members participating in IDEA (Imagine, Design, Execute, Assess), a process to speed up digital transformation offered to NetHope members through its social impact accelerator, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The first IDEA implementation pilot is based on Dream, … Continued

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Sense and Sensibility: Technical Solutions and Humanitarian Practitioners

I have a confession to make… I will never be a techie. I will never be fascinated by how an appliance works, never be thrilled by opening something to see how it is wired, and never be carried away by software codes or new, integrated solutions.

I am fascinated by the art of information management though: how data is collected, collated, analysed and processed into information. When it comes to emergency response, we always endeavour to improve the quality of information to make more qualified decisions in disasters. In a rapidly changing emergency environment, information is rendered useless for decision-making if not disseminated at the right time to the right recipient in the right format.

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