NETHOPE IS CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN NGOS

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Smart use of technology has a powerful and positive impact on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable community development - whether it is equipping aid workers with satellite phones, creating a database of disaster victims or exchanging scientific information between protected park areas

But today most Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are inadequately equipped (in money, talent and/or knowledge) to take full advantage of technology to better accomplish their respective missions.

NetHope began as an informal collaboration and now operates as a nonprofit corporation governed by its member NGOs. Our members have well-established ICT (information and communications technology) departments that use technology strategically to support their programs. What has brought them together in NetHope is the ability to collectively solve common problems and leverage their technology investment to achieve higher levels of efficiency, quality and reach for their organizations' programs so that communities in need can be better served.

NetHope enables member NGOs to deliver information and accelerate response to the most disadvantaged communities in remote developing areas by: sharing ICT knowledge for rapid and effective deployment and efficient operations; collaborating with non-profit and industry leaders to develop for best practices for public benefit technology deployment in the NGO world, and facilitating innovative and cost-effective use of ICT

With the right equipment and training, communities in the developing world are turning local radio into an effective medium for informing and empowering rural and urban populations. In both Africa and Latin America, small-scale radio projects link farmers to valuable information they wouldn't otherwise have access to.

Vegetable growers in Bolivia and Mali depend on community radio to stay current on market prices for their crops, while woman-owned small farms in Malawi tune in local broadcasts for technical data on seeds, fertilizers and soil. A health network in Kenya uses community radio together with cassette tapes and mobile phones to make AIDS education available to more women and encourage information sharing and participation. In India, radio broadcasts over local cable TV networks carry self-help information across cultural and language barriers.