The NetHope Solutions Center is a space where NGOs and like-minded organizations can find ICT and cloud solutions to a full range of business problems and program challenges.
Envisioned as a “one stop shop” to explore collateral for ICT use in development across all sectors, enterprises and programs, the Solutions Center is a valuable source for education, discovery, collaboration, shared learning and documented impact. Here, NetHope members and like-minded organizations can share their challenges, search for products and technologies, collaborate around solutions and even find the resources to implement them. Explore evidence of ICT’s impact through our growing knowledge base of blogs, case studies and webinars, and exchange Q&A and share experiences with various solutions through participation in our uniquely inclusive communities and forum discussions.
Our success is contingent upon your engagement, and we welcome your feedback, suggestions and contributions.
NetHope Solutions Center Value Proposition
As indicated by nearly 7,000 users, the NetHope Solutions Center delivers multi-stakeholder value – a win for the NGOs we serve, a win for the beneficiaries they serve, a win for technology partners and a win for the donors that sponsor our efforts.
It is our firm conviction that organizations in the social/socioeconomic and international development sectors in particular can benefit from collaboration around ICT/IT solutions.
When a NGO or nonprofit organization identifies a business need or field operational challenge that has the potential to be met by a technological solution, we envision this center helping the business analyst or IT professional work towards developing a successful strategy. Users can search & discover solutions with the full text search or by applying category filters to blogs, case studies, webinars, product & services or community discussions. The Solutions Center also provides information on upcoming webinar and educational sessions that may be useful in tailoring the quest for solutions. Links to other external sources of information, or resources, may also help to point users in the right direction.
Once users select a certain technology solution or product for use, they can also find implementation and operational resources.
After successful implementation and positive experiences with an IT/ICT deployment, we hope subscribers will be inspired to report back on lessons learned and help guide and support others in their quest for solutions.
Value Proposition to Partners
The aim of the NetHope Solutions Center is to engage a broad range of vendors and innovators ranging from established players (e.g. NetHope supporters), to members of partner networks and to emerging players in the multi-faceted volunteer technology community and academia. The center exposes the community of organizations involved in global development, emergency response and conservation to products and services from innovators, and provides a space for interaction and idea exchange.
Value Proposition to Donors
The NetHope Solutions Center is a great tool to identify technologies that best address donor challenges and support donors' core missions. The “NGO Product Inventory” guides grantees through a collection of Enterprise IT and I4D ICT services to find the right solutions for each project—whether it is for use in the field or at headquarters. The center also offers a rich database of case studies, success stories and lessons-learned documentation written by NGOs and nonprofits to give real-world feedback on the impact of solutions.
With participants from the social sector, vendors and technology community, recorded webinar discussions offer great insight to help better understand the latest and greatest solutions to fit niche needs or address universal challenges found across various program verticals.
Value Proposition to Community Activists
The Solutions Center is a resource for the communities and individuals served by Enterprise IT and ICT4D solutions. Community organizers can browse and discover services that they can help implement in their area. Examples include:
- Agriculture solutions for farmers on weather patterns, growing techniques to maximize output, pricing, routes to market;
- Education solutions for both teachers and students tailored by geography and curriculum, enabling more effective education and broader teacher training;
- Vocational training enabling more job creation;
- Improved health solutions for data collection and treatment across a broad myriad of disease types;
- Business enablers for small- and medium-size businesses for office tools, accounting software and legal advice;
- Better access and security of capital through mobile money and microfinance solutions; and
- Free election enablers using social media and mapping tools.