Technology accelerates access to life-saving services

Tackling humanitarian challenges by connecting nonprofits, tech companies, and funders.

Expanding impact through technology


Wi-Fi sites set up for refugees in the past five years


Disaster deployments to date


NGO member organizations, representing over 63% of the humanitarian sector


Technology partners

Faster, better, and scalable outcomes

NetHope unites 60 leading global nonprofits with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

  • NetHope enables its members, and the nonprofit sector, to be more effective and efficient—and accelerate their impacts—through technology.
  • When natural disasters or humanitarian crises occur, responding agencies need technology—specifically, internet connectivity—to coordinate response efforts and provide life-saving goods and services.
  • NetHope's focus on tech-driven efficiency saves on resources, freeing up funds to provide food, water, shelter, and other critical services to underserved communities.

We need a whole-of-society and people-centered approach to end the digital divide by 2030. We support the international community in working together to make meaningful connectivity a reality for everyone.

Lance Pierce, NetHope CEO

Driving collaboration and innovation since 2001

Cisco helped establish NetHope in 2001 in collaboration with Save the Children–and has supported the organization with equipment, employee time, and expertise ever since. Here's how:

  • Technical expertise and human resources: Cisco employee fellows have played key organizational roles over the years, and Cisco Crisis Response (CCR) engineers provide extensive technical support.
  • Cash grants: Cisco has provided grants to support disaster response and enable continued program development.
  • Product grants: Cisco provides NetHope with product grants to support implementations around the world, including $4M in Meraki equipment to assist in refugee crises.

Digital Breakthrough Initiative

Cisco and NetHope recently announced a 5-year, USD$15M initiative to drive emergency preparedness.

14,024+ unique network users

NetHope currently supports 14,024+ unique network users worldwide–a number that is constantly growing with continued partnership and deployment (running total as of November 2021).

Support NetHope's transformative and life-saving work

Your support helps to bring the lifeline of connectivity and communication to millions of people in crisis worldwide.

Meet our community partners

Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with innovative nonprofits to deliver transformative, tech-driven solutions for economic empowerment, education, and crisis response, which includes shelter, water, food, and disaster relief.