|Founder(s)||Edward G. Happ|
|Key people||William A. Brindley (CEO)
Edward G. Happ (Chairman)
Dipak Basu, Jack Levy, Barry Sanders, Frank Schott, Joe Simmons (Global Program Directors)
|Area served||180 countries|
|Focus(es)||Emergency Response, Humanitarian Development and Conservation|
|Method(s)||Collaborating across members, solving common technology problems, fostering strong relationships with private industry, and educating members and the wider community of humanitarian organizations worldwide.|
|Revenue||US$1.75 million (2009)|
|Motto||Wiring the Global VIllage.|
NetHope, Inc., founded in 2001, is a consortium of 30+ international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that specializes in improving IT connectivity among humanitarian organizations in developing countries and areas affected by disaster. The organization has partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Intel, and Accenture. Its humanitarian development, emergency response, and conservation programs are in place in 180 countries worldwide.
In March 2001, Edward G. Happ, then CIO of Save the Children, authored a paper entitled "Wiring the Global Village" that discussed two hypotheses:
- International nonprofits could solve the connection problem better, faster, and cheaper if done together rather than reinventing the wheel as individual organizations; and
- Nonprofits would be in a better position to partner with corporate sponsors as a group rather than as individuals.
This paper was presented to Cisco's corporate philanthropy group and became the basis upon which NetHope was created. Shortly thereafter, Cisco fellow Dipak Basu coined the name "NetHope."
Places of operation
NetHope members operate in over 180 countries around the world. NetHope also operates four regional chapters in the following areas: East Africa, West Africa, Sri Lanka and India. Future chapters will be launching in South Africa, Bangladesh and Panama. NetHope Headquarters are located in McLean, Virginia.
Working with Cisco Systems and British satellite firm Inmarsat, NetHope developed the NetReliefKit, which is a solar powered wireless router that can connect users to the Internet via a satellite uplink. They were distributed for use with nonprofit organizations such as Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, and Mercy Corps. The kits are meant to be used for relief agencies to coordinate their response efforts. The device was deployed to provide Internet signals after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
2010 Haiti earthquake
|NetHope Member Organizations|
|2010||SOS Children's Villages, Habitat for Humanity, Pact|
|2009||ACCION, FINCA, CHF, Canadian Red Cross (Federated Member)|
|2008||Ashoka, PATH, Christian Aid, VSO|
|2007||American Red Cross (Federated Member), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Family Health International, WaterAid|
|2006||Opportunity International, Concern Worldwide|
|2005||Heifer International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Save the Children - UK (Federated Member)|
|2004||ActionAid, The Nature Conservancy, Relief International, International Rescue Committee|
|2003||Christian Children's Fund|
|2002||Oxfam, Plan International|
|2001||Save the Children, World Vision, CARE, Mercy Corps, Catholic Relief Services, Winrock International, Children International|
Within days of the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti, NetHope responded by setting up telecommunications links among a dozen relief groups, thanks largely in part to a $1.25 million donation from Microsoft and its partnerships with Cisco and Intel. The 10 megabyte local network provided Internet connectivity and extensions to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)-style phones so that NetHope's members could coordinate the delivery of supplies in Haiti and send need assessments to the rest of the world.
However, the temporary network came under criticism a month later from local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who said that this temporary network was taking away their business. Inveneo, the company that NetHope tapped to build the network, defended the action by saying that in the days after the earthquake it was critical for NGOs to have reliable connectivity in order to coordinate their actions using resources such as Google Maps. Local ISP wired networks appeared to remain functional in the aftermath of the earthquake, but had lost electricity to their wireless base stations. An agreement between Inveneo and the local ISPs was to be made so ISPs would start receiving money from NGOs using their bandwidth.
2004 Asia tsunami
NetHope had already been developing the NetReliefKit with Cisco and Inmarsat, but when the tsunami in the Pacific hit, they saw it was necessary for NGOs to communicate with each other immediately, as many had lost this capability.
- Ed Granger-Happ. "Wiring the Virtual Village".
- NetHope Secures Technology and Innovation Grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, Nov. 3, 2010.
- Our Team Official NetHope website
- "Guidestar, NetHope".
- Bick, Julie (November 11, 2008). "In Crisis, Remote Access". The New York Times.
- FAQs Official NetHope website.
- Cohen, Todd (March 1, 2005). "Waves of Cash". Non-Profit Times.
- 1-5-2008. Buckman, Rebecca. Relief, High-Tech Style, The Wall Street Journal.
- About Us Official NetHope website.
- Chan, Sharon (January 15, 2010). "Microsoft donate $1.25M to Haiti earthquake relief". The Seattle Times.
- Greenhill, Robert (July 17, 2010). "The Corporate Response to Haiti". The Wall Street Journal.
- "NetHope Bringing Internet Connectivity to Haiti". January 18, 2010.
- Gohring, Nancy (February 22, 2010). "NGO Networks in Haiti Cause Problems for Local ISPs". PC World.
- CIOInsight (January 28, 2005). "IT Lends a Helping Hand: An interview with NetHope's Edward Granger-Happ".