Non-Governmental Organizations

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 ETC members:




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.


Computer Science students lead the way to redevelopment in Haiti - March 2012 

Extending the Network - November 2010

William Brindley, CEO of NetHope - September 2009

Wire the Global Village - Sep 2009



Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 94 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and what it considers as injustice around the world.

In all Oxfam's actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Each organization (affiliate) works together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts.

Visit Oxfam for more information.

^ Back to top


Plan International

Founded over 75 years ago, Plan International (Plan) is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. Working in over 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan works to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Its initial disaster response work focuses on children's urgent needs, such as food and water. It then prioritises child protection and education to help re-establish a sense of security and normality. An important part of this involves developing child-friendly spaces, which help protect children from harm and exploitation and aid emotional healing. In 2013, Plan worked with 78 million children in over 90,000 communities and undertook 54 disaster response programmes, including emergency response and disaster risk reduction.

Plan is a member of NetHope and in the response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, acted as the host organization for NetHope's operations, providing logistical and support services.

Plan believes the most effective way to deal with shared technology challenges is to take a collaborative approach and work with NGO partners.

Visit Plan International for more information.

^ Back to top


Save the Children

Save the Children was established in 1919 to provide relief to children suffering the effects of war. Today it works in 120 countries to help save children's lives, operating in a number of areas including emergency releief, education, child poverty, health, hunger and child protection. Its vision is to help create a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation by inspiring breakthroughs in the way in which children are treated and achieving both immediate and lasting change in their lives.

In 2012 Save the Children responded to emergencies in 39 different countries, delivering life-saving food, water, healthcare, protection and education. Ten million children benefited from Save the Children's activities that year. Save the Children also launched a major push to address chlid hunger and malnutrition. This resulted in the doubling of India's budget to improve the nutrition and health of 100 million women and children and a committment by the EU to reduce the number of stunted children by 7 million. In 2013 it also launched the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign which aimed to lobby the G8 to take decisive action on hunger.

Visit Save the Children for more information.

^ Back to top


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.

^ Back to top


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:

  1. Transforming communities
  2. Responding to disasters
  3. Seeking global change

Visit World Vision International for more information.


Meet: Isaac Kwamy - April 2013

Speed Evidence - July 2012 

Humanitarian ICT Coordinator for World Vision International - October 2011

A Single Step with Nver Stepanyan, IT Manager for World Vision Armenia - February 2011

WVI in Latin America and Caribbean region - November 2010


^ Back to top