NetHope partnership with USAID
The Global Broadband and Innovations (GBi) Alliance is a partnership with the USAID Global Development Lab to promote digital inclusion in USAID priority countries. Starting in 2010, the GBI Alliance has worked with USAID Missions and implementing partners to bring affordable, reliable, and competitively serviced broadband to rural areas around the world. Working with telecommunications regulators, service providers, technology partners and emerging technologies and equipment, GBI has brought connectivity to millions, from Dadaab refugee camp to 800 fishing villages in Indonesia.
GBI also provides programming to support the use of broadband across traditional and emergent development sectors. The Women and the Web Alliance has brought Internet access and training to over 100,000 women and girls in Nigeria and Kenya, while other programs have focused on curbing sex trafficking, and increasing youth civic engagement. One of GBI’s most successful programs is the Payments Innovation team, who focus on integrating digital financial services into development value chains.
NetHope member organizations are often implementing partners in GBI programs. Recent award winners for work in mobile payments in humanitarian crises include CRS, MercyCorps, and IRC. Other collaborators have included FHI360, IMC, Care, World Vision, Oxfam, NRC and several others, with many opportunities for more! For more information about current and future GBI projects, contact Revi Sterling, GBI Chief of Party.