NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology.
January 2021
Dear Friends,
At start of 2021, despite the many challenges all of us face, I wanted to write to wish you a happy and hopeful New Year.


This year NetHope turns 20! It’s exciting to look back and see how far we’ve come over the past two decades – as an organization, sectors, a community, and in our use of all things digital. NetHope has always believed in the power of technology to enable, connect and multiply the life-changing impact of the relief, nonprofit and conservation sectors. And as we look towards the next 20 years, that conviction hasn’t changed.


As we head into 2021, we’re optimistic. We know that the NetHope community is going to have an enormous impact this year – and we’re glad to be in this with you.  
You’ll find below some of our highlights from 2020, as well as some fascinating webinars to catch up on and some new sector resources. We hope you find them useful and hopeful resources for a new year. 


Lance Pierce 
CEO NetHope


NetHope in 2020: a year of collective action By Lance Pierce, CEO, NetHope

"The year 2020 has proven what NetHope Members and partners have known for a long time. Technology is not the future of international development – it’s the now."

A graphical treatment overlays the image of a young Nicaraguan girl wearing a medical face mask is standing in the sun, and frowning at the camera. She is standing in front of two thatch-roofed houses that were damaged and in disarray due to Hurricane Iota.
The Patterson Foundation's donation will support NetHope's work to restore telecommunication abilities for hurricane-affected communities in Central America.
“Connectivity has become a vital resource during times of crisis and upheaval, and our nonprofit Member organizations rely on us to get them online so they can efficiently deliver aid and services to those who need it most,” said Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope “When funders like The Patterson Foundation respond quickly to join forces with us, we are able to move faster and we can empower our Member organizations to reach more people with life-saving aid." (more...)


A sun-baked refugee camp showing many low-roofed building stretching into the distance. There is a lone girl walking away from the camera in the middle distance.
Photograph: Glenna Gordon
NGOs are using AI to forecast displacement and meet the needs of refugees. Our Emerging Technologies Lead, Leila Toplic, hosted representatives from NetHope Member organizations Danish Refugee Council/Dansk Flygtningehjælp and International Rescue Committee for a discussion about lessons learned from practical implementations of Artificial Intelligence in the humanitarian sector.
FHI 360 Vine – Search less to find more and do more good
On December 3, NetHope hosted Member FHI 360 and partner Techno Brain Group to discuss an exciting new digital tool, 'FHI 360 Vine' data find-not-search experience. FHI 360 employees now have more time to do more good, collaborate more, and have more impact.

This webinar was very well received. Watch the fascinating recording now!
Our newest ICT4D Webinar featured speakers from Catholic Relief Services, Viamo, CenHealth, and DroneLife. They shared case studies and discussed the accelerated adoption of emerging technologies in the humanitarian sector as we respond, and adapt to, the challenges brought on by Covid-19. Topics include: AI in Africa, new drone uses, ​and social behavior change communication.
The panel discussed the launch and update of the USAID/NetHope Digital Payments toolkit. Keep scrolling for a direct link to download the new toolkit!



NetHope launches new toolkit to scale AI Ethics conversations among nonprofits By Leila Toplic, Lead for Emerging Technologies Initiative at NetHope, and Nora Lindstrom, Global Lead for Digital Development at Plan International
This toolkit will help nonprofit organizations who are exploring, developing or using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in humanitarian and international development contexts learn how to optimize for fairness in AI/ML systems and mitigate the risk of bias on the individuals and communities we support.

The first installment of the AI Ethics for Nonprofits toolkit is published here.
The award-winning FHL Data Standard project brought together experience from nonprofits, some of the world’s biggest technology companies with expertise in supply chain management, technology consultants and academics with a focus on humanitarian logistics. Together, they ensured the data standard would be rigorous, fit for purpose, and crucially could be dynamic and built upon. Find out more!

The Frontline Humanitarian Logistics Data Standard is published here.
The Toolkit is designed to be used by organizations regardless of their experience with digital payments and to inspire and enable organizations new to digital payments to make the switch. The Toolkit is a “how-to” guide divided into ten step-by-step modules along with associated tools to support you in practically applying the knowledge learned.

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