WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, NetHope, Inc., an organization that convenes the world's largest international nonprofit organizations (NGOs) and technology giants for global impact, announced five new NGOs to its rapidly growing nonprofit membership: Pro Mujer, NetHope's first member organization from the global south; HIAS, the oldest refugee resettlement organization in the world; Europe-based humanitarian organizations Danish Refugee Council and Medair; and Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, Germany's largest NGO.
NetHope's members represent a diverse set of missions including conservation, agriculture, gender issues, microfinance, and humanitarian and emergency relief. "Each organization brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the collective, which makes us stronger and more effective at improving the human condition around the globe," said NetHope's CEO Lauren Woodman.
For new members, joining NetHope means being part of a group that is committed to collaboration around Information and Communications Technology (ICT) needs to further their missions. Member organizations have access to technical expertise of the group to strengthen their organizational capacity and enhance their technology leadership through training, collaboration opportunities and programs.
Most recently, NetHope mobilized members to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. The organization is implementing connectivity solutions in the rapidly growing refugee camps in Jordan and providing connectivity kits for nonprofits working along the migration routes to assist refugees with mobile connectivity and recharging cellular devices. Its network of technical specialists also supported member organizations and refugees.
In the past year, NetHope was instrumental in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa by bringing communications equipment and deploying connectivity solutions for its members in the region. In partnership with crisis informatics experts, NetHope provided critical visualizations of mobile networks, a map of Ebola treatment units, the trajectory of new outbreaks and their relationship to mobile coverage areas. This ensured that those in need of care were able to receive it quickly and that providers were prepared to receive patients, preventing further spread of the virus to other individuals.
NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. By facilitating collaboration between NetHope's nonprofit members, foundations, and tech sponsors, NetHope is a catalyst for productive innovation and problem-solving in humanitarian and conservation work. Since its founding in 2001, NetHope has grown to represent 49 diverse international NGOs working on some of the world's toughest challenges including poverty and hunger, refugee displacement, human trafficking, gender inequality, and environmental protection.
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