NetHope Welcomes New Members at Dell-Sponsored Summit in the City of Knowledge and Reinforces Panama as an Excellent Place to Innovate



    NetHope's NGO Members and Corporate Donors Together Address ICT Needs of
Field Workers in Remote Areas of the World

    PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, October 23 /CNW/ - Today, NetHope, Inc., a
new-generation consortium of IT professionals representing leading
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world, formally announced
the addition of two new members: Family Health International (FHI) and the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This
expansion increases the number of NetHope member organizations to twenty, and
adds to the consortium's collective information and communications technology
(ICT) expertise, skills and capacity so that the organizations can operate
more effectively and efficiently around the globe. NetHope welcomed its new
members during its annual summit, sponsored by Dell Inc. in Panama's City of
Knowledge.

    "We look forward to partnering with NetHope during this summit and beyond
to explore how Dell can help the NGO community expand technology to serve the
half-million people coming online every day, many in emerging markets," said
Martin Alvarez, general manager of the Dell Panama site. "Through this
sponsorship, Dell reaffirms its commitment to partnering with leading NGOs and
expanding the benefits of digital access to people around the globe."

    NetHope is supported by other leading technology companies including
Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems, Inc., and Accenture.

    "The work of NetHope involves providing connectivity for the 'last
hundred kilometers' to the remote parts of the world where international
nonprofits work," said Ed Granger-Happ, NetHope chairman and CIO of Save the
Children. "The members of NetHope are all facing the same ICT challenges. By
working together we're able to solve our common challenges faster, better and
more economically than we could ever do alone."

    "NetHope's model of collaboration and knowledge-sharing is very
consistent with the mission of Panama's City of Knowledge," said Bill
Brindley, CEO of NetHope. "It's apt that NetHope members from around the world
are meeting in a complex that is devoted to education, research and
innovation."

    The City of Knowledge complex is governed by the City of Knowledge
Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization created in 1995. The City of
Knowledge fulfills its mission through three components: academic, business
and international organizations. Their synergy generates unique opportunities
for developing initiatives and programs that capitalize on the strengths of
Panama's new economy, geographic position and connectivity offered by the
presence of the Interoceanic Canal, the Transisthmian railroad, and flights to
and from the main capitals and cities on the American continent.

    Dell Panama is part of a network that supports Dell customers around the
world and is committed to contributing to the Panamanian community where its
team members live and work. Dell Panama has donated significant funding to
underserved communities through grants, fundraisers, volunteer efforts and
in-kind donations to benefit organizations such as PROBIDSIDA, Nutre Hogar,
Junior Achievement, Teleton 20-30, Hogra Malambo, Movimiento Social Nueva
Generacion and others. Dell Panama employees are also active volunteers
helping children bridge the digital divide within these and other community
groups.

    NetHope NGO members with offices in Panama include Christian Children's
Fund (CCF), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,
Plan International, and The Nature Conservancy. Action Aid International,
CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Children International, Concern Worldwide,
Heifer International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps,
Opportunity International, Oxfam International, Plan USA, Relief
International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Winrock International and World
Vision International complete the list of NetHope NGO members to date.

    About NetHope

    NetHope, Inc., which started in 2001, is a new-generation consortium of
IT professionals from twenty of the international community's leading
nongovernmental organization (NGOs) representing over $30 billion (USD) of
emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 150
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.

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For further information:

For further information: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for NetHope Melissa
Harris Thirsk, 425-638-7180 mharris@waggeneredstrom.com or Waggener Edstrom
Worldwide for NetHope Rapid Response Team, 503-443-7070
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com or Dell Panama Mercedes Morris Garcia,
011-507-211-6690 Mercedes_Morris@Dell.com

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