Grameen Foundation Joins NetHope
Becomes 33rd Member of Unique Collaboration of World's Leading Humanitarian Organizations
June 23, 2011 — NetHope, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations that develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions for the developing world, today announced Grameen Foundation as its 33rd member organization.
Grameen Foundation uses microfinance and mobile technology services to help the world’s poorest people escape poverty through access to financial services, information and viable business opportunities.
Grameen Foundation will contribute to and benefit from the knowledge and technology resources shared among all NetHope member organizations. Its dedication to collaborating with local organizations and allies fits beautifully with NetHope’s mission to connect, collaborate and innovate solutions to help those in the greatest need.
”We are pleased that Grameen Foundation has been accepted as a NetHope member. Collaboration, respect for local organizations and innovation are part of our core values and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with like-minded organizations around the world,” said Joshua Tripp, Chief Financial Officer of Grameen Foundation.
“I am very ecnouraged to have such an innovative and accomplished non-profit as the Grameen Foundation join the NetHope membership,” said NetHope CEO Bill Brindley. “Its work in the microfinance sector is unparalleled. Together, our membership will be able to better serve beneficiaries across the global with the rich expertise and knowledge added by our new member organization, the Grameen Foundation.”
NetHope, Inc., which started in 2001, is a new-generation collaboration of the international community’s leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing over $40 billion (USD) of emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 180 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries. For more information, visit www.nethope.org.
About Grameen Foundation
Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit organization, helps the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to financing and management strategies to the local organizations that serve them. It also develops mobile phone-based solutions that address “information poverty” among the poor by providing tools, information and services in the fields of health, agriculture, financial services and livelihood creation. Founded in 1997, Grameen Foundation has offices in Washington, DC; Seattle, WA; Colombia; Ghana; Kenya; Hong Kong; the Philippines; and Uganda. Microfinance pioneer Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, is a founding member of its Board of Directors, and now serves as director emeritus. For more information, please visit www.grameenfoundation.org.