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No Greater Gift

Set out for Kindu at the crack of dawn in Kinshasa, and on the way saw Bishop Gabriel Unda at the airport transfer in Kisangani. Upon arrival in Kindu, Matt Crum, Pierre Omadjela and I were greeted by a UMC Conference delegation – we could see them as we were getting off the plane. Much development is going on around the airport – with buildings and businesses and better roads. Pierre said,

“We just need peace and then we can build.” Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Poverty

Speech given at United Nations, InfoPoverty World Conference, April 11, 2014: It is a privilege to speak here today at the 14th InfoPoverty World Conference. My name is Neelley Hicks, and I am the Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives at … Continue reading

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As the traditional relief of food, clean water, shelter and medical care started pouring in, so have ICTs that power communications relief in connecting resources with needs and those who are hurting. United Methodist Communications is working with experienced relief groups who’ve responded in this way – NetHope, World Food Programme/Emergency Telecommunications Cluster – so the church can respond effectively to its communities – both in relief and recovery. Continue reading

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Infopoverty

It’s hard to believe I was really there…U.N. Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. I went there for the follow up meeting to the Infopoverty World Conference that took place in March, and was asked to be one of the presenters. My goal was to show how United Methodist Communications is using affordable, accessible and appropriate technology to improve communications in the developing world. Continue reading

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