NetHope Device Challenge Update: Focus on Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

  • Lisa Obradovich
  • March 21, 2018
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NetHope is pleased to share the progress our 2017 Device Challenge grantees have made in the last year. The original program goal was to ensure the distribution of at least 20,000 devices, benefitting at least 100,000 people in the target population. As of January 2018, grant winners have purchased 30,482 devices reaching 29,723 direct beneficiaries. NetHope is particularly proud that 50 percent of the direct beneficiaries to date are female, a testament to the good work our Device Challenge grantees have done to reach the most vulnerable populations. With many grantees focusing on program implementation and scale-up last quarter, we are expecting to see even greater growth of this reach in our next reports.

As one example, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been able to support a wide range of projects through their grant funding. Since June of 2017 HOT has made an astounding impact by helping to improve available country maps across Mali, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Guinea. HOT plans to support seven more communities under the NetHope Device Challenge grant in 2018, with projects currently kicking off in Indonesia, Liberia, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Uganda.

A more detailed overview of HOT’s NetHope Device Challenge efforts can be found here. Key highlights:

  • In​ ​Turkey,​ ​Syrian​ ​refugees​ ​have​ ​received​ ​mapping​ ​training​ ​to learn​ ​new​ ​technical​ ​skills​ ​and​ further ​integrate​ ​into​ ​their​ ​new​ ​communities.​ More details about how HOT has helped Leila and other young refugees can be found here.
  • Faced with both unprecedented flooding and the Rohingya refugee crisis, last year proved challenging for the OpenStreetMap (​OSM)​ ​Bangladesh​ ​community.​ ​The​ ​devices​ ​granted​ ​have​ ​helped​ ​OSM​ ​Bangladesh​ ​increase​ ​female​ ​participation in a historically male dominated IT sector, and prepare for​ ​future​ ​humanitarian​ ​crises​ ​and​ ​initiatives.​ More information on the impact of OSM maps on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis is available here.
  • In​ ​Guinea,​ ​the​ ​Device​ ​Challenge​ ​grant​ ​has allowed​ ​the​ ​community​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​its​ ​network​ ​of​ ​mappers​ ​and​ ​establish​ ​three​ ​new​ ​Youth​ ​Mapper​ ​Chapters. For a closer look at the YouthMapper’s efforts, check out this post from OSM’s Guinea Lead.
  • OSM​ ​Mali​ ​has ​provided​ ​students​ ​with specialist​ ​mapping​ ​training​ ​​to​ ​support​ ​a​ ​malaria​ ​prevention​ ​initiative​ ​which​ ​relies​ ​on​ ​maps​ ​to conduct​ ​residual​ ​insecticide​ ​spraying.​ ​More information about the students training journey can be found here.
  • Additional ​devices​ ​have​ ​been​ ​granted​ ​to​ ​the Tanzania​ ​Development​ ​Trust, which ​continues​ ​to​ ​map​ ​rural​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Serengeti​ ​so​ ​that​ ​girls​ ​at​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​female genital mutilation​ ​can​ ​be​ ​located, ​​educated, ​ ​and protected​ ​by​ ​local​ ​NGOs.  

The NetHope Device Challenge, a collective impact subgrant program for nonprofits that can advance their respective missions through the use of phones, tablets, and other hardware, awarded grants to 17 organizations. Winners were selected from a highly competitive pool of over 300 applications from more than 60 countries around the world.

More information on the Device Challenge program can be found here

Separate from the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge, NetHope launched the Devices for Impact program to provide visibility to the many worthy programs that are integrating digital devices into their activities. We’ve created a searchable database of humanitarian and conservation efforts seeking funders and partnerships to help move these projects closer to their goals. If you’d like to learn more about the great work that is happening in this space, are an NGO who would like to submit a project for consideration, or are interested in supporting the efforts via partnerships, funding or other collaboration opportunities, please visit NetHope’s Devices for Impact program page

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