Indonesia response a window to NetHope model of collaboration

Damage around Palu, Indonesia. Photo courtesy DoGoodFilms.By Brent Carbno, Managing Director, Global Programs for NetHopeWhen the news broke on September 28 that a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami had leveled villages on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, I immediately contacted our field connectivity team and others to learn about the impacts of this double … Continued

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One year later: Committed to Caribbean Disaster Preparedness

Above: NetHope’s Frank Schott, standing next to President Clinton, at the recent Clinton Global Initiative event.“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” – Max Mayfield, former Director of the National Hurricane CenterBy Frank Schott, Managing Director of New Program DevelopmentAlmost one year ago today, Hurricane Irma smashed into the leeward Caribbean Islands … Continued

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Be Prepared: Response Training Readies Responders for Disaster

NetHope will be conducting a Disaster Preparedness Training in mid-July. Visit our blog from July 18 to the end of the month as we provide updates directly from the field as this training unfolds. Interesting interviews with participants and trainers, photos, videos, and more will detail the work being performed by NetHope members and tech … Continued

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NetHope provides connectivity in aftermath of Guatemalan eruption

Guatemalan children affected by the eruption of Volcán de Fuego partake of the connectivity provided by NetHope in their temporary shelter location. Ingolfur Haraldsson knew the look. He had seen similar expressions on the refugees streaming into Greece—they told of anguish, fear and uncertainty of what was to come. Haraldsson, a communication specialist with NetHope, … Continued

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Collaboration and Connectivity Are Keys to Refugee Response

NetHope, with its extended community of member organizations, tech partners, and governmental and funding entities, is connecting the world’s largest refugee camp in northern Uganda.As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their … Continued

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The Vital Role of Telecommunications in an Emergency

Communications capacity and tools are the lifeline of any major emergency response effort such as the fight to combat the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.  And quality information, made accessible to key decision makers, is paramount in enabling responders to make timely, informed decisions that save lives and ease human suffering.

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DadaabNet: Delivering Sustainable Internet to the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Since July 2011, the worst drought and famine in East Africa in more than 60 years placed severe strain on the multitude of humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab, Kenya – the world’s largest refugee camp with a population exceeding 500,000 individuals. The unprecedented number of displaced people required a massive scale-up of operations by USAID-funded humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab. To meet mission goals and to save lives, significant improvements and increases in Internet connectivity were essential.

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New High-Speed Network Connects Dadaab Aid Agencies For Collaboration

The worst drought and famine in more than 60 years has placed strain on humanitarian agencies working in Dadaab, Kenya and calls for better-coordinated relief efforts. The crisis has threatened the livelihood of 9.5 million people in the Horn of Africa since early 2011. Refugees from Somalia continue to arrive in Kenya by the tens of thousands, making the Dadaab complex now the world’s largest refugee camp ever with almost 500,000 counted and perhaps as many as 100,000 more unregistered. Responding aid organizations are stretched to their limits as they try and provide critical life-sustaining services such as food, housing, sanitation and medical relief to those in Dadaab. To make matters even more difficult, Somali-based terrorist organization al Shebaab recently escalated activities in and around the camps. Security has been heightened to ensure the safety of contractors, staff and refugees.
To answer the pressing challenges encountered by agencies working in the Dadaab camp, NetHope, Inveneo and Cisco came together to create a new collaboration network that enables humanitarian agencies to function better, to communicate better with other organizations and to better support operations.

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