Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) work together with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), through the World Food Programme (WFP), enabling timely, predictable, and effective Information Technology and Telecommunications services to be supplied to humanitarian operations in emergencies.
The following NGOs are WFP partners:
Established in 2001, NetHope is an information technology collaboration of 31 leading international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) representing more than $33 billion (U.S.) of humanitarian development, emergency response, and conservation programs. These programs serve millions of beneficiaries in more than 180 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, foundations, and individuals, NetHope helps members use their technology investments to better serve people in the most remote areas of the world.
NetHope members operate in over 180 countries around the world. NetHope operates four regional chapters in: East Africa, West Africa, Sri Lanka and India with further chapters launching in the near future in South Africa, Bangladesh and Panama. NetHope Headquarters are located in McLean, Virginia.
Visit NetHope for more information.
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Telecoms Sans Frontieres
During missions responding to crises in the Balkans and in Kurdistan during the first Gulf War, the founders of Télécoms Sans Frontières realised that, in addition to medical and food aid, there was a critical need for reliable emergency telecommunications services. Conflicts and emergencies often led to massive civilian displacement and separated families. Affected populations are often left with no communications infrastructure in place to find assistance and loved ones. It was from this observation that Télécoms Sans Frontières was developed.
As a member of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, TSF is amongst the first to arrive on the ground in an emergency situation.
In addition to assisting the ETC, Télécoms Sans Frontières civilian calling programme gives affected civilians a free 3-minute call anywhere in the world. Through this programme, TSF helps to reassure and reunite families.
Visit Télécoms Sans Frontières for more information.
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World Vision International
World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Founded in 1950 by Reverend Bob Pierce in response to the needs of Korean War orphans, World Vision International has since grown to become one of the world's largest non-governmental relief and development organisations.
World Vision has active humanitarian projects in throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
World Vision International focuses its efforts on three overall areas of humanitarian aid:
- Transforming communities
- Responding to disasters
- Seeking global change
Visit World Vision International for more information.
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