Recent Developments with Source of Hope Foundation

Stephen Robert
In addition to his work with the foundation, Mr. Robert serves as a Trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a former Board member of the New York Philharmonic and WNET’s THIRTEEN, a leading local television station.

In October 2011, Source of Hope Foundation announced a partnership between itself, Mercy Corps, and Google.org. The joint project led to the creation of the Arab Developer Network Initiative (ADNI). With start-up capital of nearly $2 million, the ADNI seeks to bolster information and communications technology throughout the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Focusing on Palestinian youth, the ADNI plans to create a network of individuals skilled in information technology, computer science, and related fields. Internet businesses serve as a key area for this body, as it will train its members in multiple programming languages, thus enabling them to create a variety of sites. Moreover, Mercy Corps introduced an Arabic-language version of its MicroMentor platform to further aid in the ADNI’s success.

When interviewed, Stephen Robert, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Source of Hope Foundation, talked about the importance of the endeavor, including how economic growth can encourage better and more peaceful societies. Outside of this initiative, Stephen Robert and Source of Hope Foundation contribute health care, food, water, and other necessities to people in need across the world.

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Boosting employment in Palestinian tech sector with Google.org and Source of Hope Foundation

stephen robert, source of hope foundation
Stephen Robert’s career in finance has provided him the background necessary to report on the financial sector for a variety of leading publications.

MERCYCORPS.ORG | NOVEMBER, 2011

Mercy Corps, Google.org and the Source of Hope Foundation have joined forces to launch the Arab Developer Network Initiative (ADNI) in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, is supporting the first two years of this effort with a $900,000 grant, and the Source of Hope Foundation is providing $1 million. The initiative is intended to spark innovation in information and communications technology (ICT) in the region, and catalyze income opportunities for youth, reaching over 1,000 Palestinian entrepreneurs in the first year.