Human Network International (HNI) is a global development organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of technology to individuals and organizations working in the developing world. HNI’s mission is to provide organizations and individuals the opportunity to use information and communication technology (ICT) in innovative, productive, and sustainable ways. HNI focuses on three areas of Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D): mobile data collection services for development professionals, on-demand search engines for simple mobile telephones, and call centers to interview key informants.
HNI was co-founded by two brothers, David and Andrew McAfee, who sought ways of working at the intersection between International Development and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Human Network International has its global headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a regional office in Antananarivo, Madagascar. In September 2012, HNI was awarded a Grand Challenge for Development Grant to advance reading and literacy by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
In January 2012, HNI launched DataWinners, an online, do-it-yourself mobile data collection service for organizations in the developing world. Organizations transform paper forms into digital questionnaires and staff then submit data in seconds using any combination of SMS, Smartphone and Web with the equipment they already have. An international partnership of private sector companies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations work collaboratively to create and manage DataWinners as an open-source project. HNI and ThoughtWorks, Inc. lead the effort to make this mobile data collection service responsive to the needs of development organizations worldwide.