How Technology Can Help Save Money … and More Lives

Check out this fascinating Q&A with William Brindley in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In it, Brindley talks about how non-profs deal with technology and connectivity problems in remote or poorly served parts of the world. (What, that doesn’t sound exciting to you?)

Brindley’s worked in financial, tech, and other industries. He’s currently CEO of NetHope, a non-prof consortium started in 2001 by Edward Granger-Happ.

According the the Review, “What Happ noticed was that other international aid organizations were struggling with many of the same IT issues that he was, in particular how to provide computer and voice communications to field-workers in remote and often undeveloped parts of the world. His solution was to form NetHope, an organization that would coordinate the efforts of various aid organizations to jointly develop IT solutions that were better, more reliable, faster, and less expensive.”

Brindley mentions CRS in a section about building systems that can be used across a spectrum of programs, rather than each program developing a custom solution. Such solutions diminish the need to reinvent the wheel and lead to economies of scale.

“Catholic Relief Services is a tremendously wired-in organization. They’ve done a lot of fascinating, innovative work over the years and pioneered a number of programs.”

You don’t have to be a geek to see exciting implications in Brindley’s interview.

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