The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 14:45 - 15:30
The NetHope Project Reconnect - Connecting Refugees and Asylum Seekers to Online Ressources FULL

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In 2015, more than one million people sought refuge in Germany, fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. Now they face new challenges: learning a new language, settling into new communities, resuming education and work.

NetHope and Google.org believe that access to Internet resources is key to connecting refugees to their new communities. With the support from Google.org, NetHope is launching Project Reconnect: an initiative providing 25,000 managed Chromebooks to nonprofit organizations supporting refugees in Germany. The project aims to help refugees as they strive to rebuild their lives, by facilitating access to education and information resources on the web.
Managed Chromebooks combined with Internet access allow refugees to access information, assistance and educational opportunities and can be used in transitional housing projects, classrooms, counseling centers, youth programs and many other situations. Here are a few ideas of projects nonprofits may consider:
- Set up a language learning center by running web-based language resources in full-screen mode.
- Provide a self-service information kiosk by securing a Chromebook in an accessible location.
- Organize children's activities with appropriate educational games.
- Enhance educational opportunities with the use of Chromebooks in classroom and training situations.
- Create an Internet cafe-like environment to allow refugees to connect with friends and family and access assistance information.
These scenarios and many more are possible with managed Chromebooks which allow organizations to provide a rich computing platform; all with minimal need for on-site IT intervention, maintenance and support.

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Isaac Kwamy

Director, Global Programs, Humanitarian Disaster Management, NetHope
Isaac is presently the Global Programs Director of Humanitarian Operations and Disaster Management for NetHope. Isaac leads NetHope’s Global Humanitarian Operations Programs including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery efforts, Crisis Informatics, Access to Information... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30 EAT
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