Concern CEO praises use of technology in solving world problems at NetHope Global Summit in Dublin

Concern CEO praises use of technology in solving world problems at NetHope Global Summit in Dublin

06 November 2018

Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley has praised the use of modern technology to help the world’s poorest people in an address he gave this morning at the NetHope Global Summit 2018 in Dublin.

Over 500 representatives from technology companies and global non-profit and funding organisations have gathered at the RDS for the four-day summit, which ends on Friday, to discuss how technology can and is being used to solve world problems.

“Humanitarian response has radically transformed thanks to technology since Concern was founded 50 years ago,” said Mr MacSorley, whose organisation works in 24 of the world’s poorest countries.

Faster and more efficient

“Digital data collection has enabled faster, more efficient tracking of our work so that we can show donors in real time that our interventions are truly making a difference.

“Delivering cash directly into the hands of the poorest using mobile cash transfers, piloted by Concern in Malawi more than decade ago, is now used throughout the sector and was a key strategy in preventing famine in the horn of Africa two years ago.

“When you combine technology with the experience of community based approaches, that’s where the magic happens and I am genuinely excited about what transformations the next 50 years will bring for humanitarian response.”
The summit’s organiser, NetHope, is a consortium of nearly 60 global non-profit organisations founded 18-years-ago with the aim of using technology for purposes that improve lives. 
Its members address some of the world’s toughest challenges: disaster response, refugee displacement, disease outbreaks, poverty, hunger, and wildlife and environmental protection. 
Collectively, NetHope members deliver over 60 per cent of all annual, international, non-governmental aid.

Technology has transformed our world

“Technology has quickly transformed our world,” said NetHope Chief Executive, Lauren Woodman. 
“The annual NetHope Global Summit is a valuable time for committed organisations to gather and focus on changing the world by utilising this technology for good.”
The theme for the week-long summit is digital transformation and it will include keynote speakers, detailed workshops, and the release of a digital non-profit skills report that offers a far-reaching digital transformation analysis for non-profit organisations.
For more information or interview requests from Concern, please contact Kevin Jenkinson at 086 358 2886 or at [email protected]
For more information from NetHope, please contact:
Nan Hall, NetHope Communications Director, at 206-604-5118 or at [email protected].  
Ric Brewer, NetHope Communications Manager, at 206-276-5200 or at [email protected]
About NetHope

NetHope empowers committed organisations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 leading global non-profits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid, and those who deliver it.
More about the summit
The NetHope Global Summit draws membership from nearly 30 countries for an intense week of sharing challenges and experiences, learning through participation in sessions and workshops, hearing from provocative speakers and thought leaders, finding partners through networking and collaborating, and identifying promising new technologies through the Technology Solutions Showcase.
Sponsorship of NetHope Global Summit 2018
Among 36 major sponsors of the summit are Microsoft and Cisco, which have supported NetHope since it was founded. 
“Our sponsors recognise NetHope’s ability to convene the most important humanitarian actors, including NGOs, international agencies, government institutions, and corporate partners that have the common goal of leveraging technology for the greater good,” said NetHope Chief Executive, Lauren Woodman.
“We are proud to be standing alongside so many sponsors who are committed to our members and NetHope’s mission.”
NetHope Global Summit Sponsors (See below for descriptions of the major sponsors and see a full list here)
•         Platinum: Microsoft, Cisco
•         Community Celebration: CDW, Unit4
•         Gold: GTT, Open Systems, Workplace for Good
•         Silver: Amazon Web Services, Blackbaud,, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intelsat, Marlink, Okta, Oracle Netsuite, Qlik, Splunk, SES Networks
•         Global Summit Hosts: Accenture, Pluralsight One
•         Bronze: Thuraya, Yahsat, IEC Telecom, Global Eagle, Round Corner, Esri,, OneTrust
•         Technology Solutions Exhibitors: ATEA, Danoffice IT, Easy Projects, ITC Global, GSOL, NGO Online by Precio Fishbone, The Patterson Foundation, Sigma Wireless Communications
NetHope Members
Accion, ActionAid, Americares, Ashoka, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, ChildFund International, Children International, Christian Aid, Compassion International, Concern Worldwide, DanChurchAid, Danish Refugee Council, Direct Relief, FHI360, Global Communities, GOAL, Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, HIAS, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Management Sciences for Health, Marie Stopes International, Medair, Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical Teams International, Mennonite Central Committee, Mercy Corps, Mercy Ships, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Pact, PATH, Plan International, Pro Mujer, Relief International, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Team Rubicon Global, The Carter Center, The Nature Conservancy, Trócaire, VSO, WaterAid, Welthungerhilfe, Wildlife Conservation Society, Winrock International, Women for Women International, World Vision, WWF International