WHEN INFORMATION IS PROTECTION
My first foreign job in 2019 was in Colombia with NetHope, a gem of an organization doing everything tech for humanitarians and populations in need anywhere in the world. Last year we spent time with them in Uganda where they supported NGOs responding to the South Sudanese refugee crisis, documented and helped in disaster connectivity training in Panama and hang out with them in cheeky Dublin where they discussed how to apply digital transformation to the humanitarian sector. Recently I met with them in Palu after the Indonesia’s earthquake and in Beira, where they coordinated NGOs connectivity after cyclone Idai. NetHope is both an interface between the tech sector and non-profit community as well as a hard core field team deploying communication technology in disaster zones all over the world. Continue reading “NetHope provides connectivity to Venezuelan migrants in Colombia”
On March 15, Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast if Mozambique near the coastal city of Beira. It first devastated Beira and the surrounding areas before taking its deadly force further inland to Malawi and Zimbabwe. As it stands, the death toll is around a 1000 with thousands missing and many more in deadly risk of cholera and malaria outbreaks currently wreaking havoc on the impacted communities. Make no mistake, this is textbook climate change. Continue reading “Cyclone Idai March 2019”
A few months ago we were in Panama documenting (and through a cameo appearance as a dodgy journalist even participating) in NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training for NGOs and corporate partners as the hurricane season comes to the Caribbean. Continue reading “NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training”
Connectivity influences every aspect of our daily routine; searching for news, updating statuses on social media, checking emails, and even tasks as simple as making a phone call or receiving a text message. Yet 49% of the world population still lacks access to the internet as of 2017, according to ITU (International Telecommunications Union). Amongst these marginalised areas include the West Nile region in Uganda which hosts the world’s largest refugee camp, Bidi Bidi.
Continue reading “#ConnectivityMatters: NetHope is opening up world of Connectivity for its partner NGOs and refugees in Northern Uganda”
“Information is like medicine…” Peter Batali shares passionately in his introduction to me about how technology is improving the livelihood of refugees like himself living in Eden, a zone of Rhino Camp refugee settlement. “You can’t just rely on food alone to nurture” he continues. Continue reading “#ConnectivityMatters: How this refugee-lead initiative is brining connectivity to South Sudanese refugees in a Northern Uganda Refugee Settlement”