Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance

The Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance is a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NetHope. GBI finds ways to expand access to mobile networks and broadband (high-speed Internet and data transmission) and improve the lives of ordinary people around the world.

Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance

The primary focus of the Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Program is to provide leadership on a range of information and communication technology (ICT) related activities across USAID’s development portfolio. This includes not only infrastructure, but also the leveraging of that infrastructure to support broadband and mobile network-enabled applications for programs including education, health, agriculture, and economic growth.

The GBI Program focuses strategically on two priority areas:

  • Extending the reach of broadband, including enhanced mobile networks, into more remote rural areas as a key infrastructure for extending the reach of socioeconomic services through USAID’s NGO and contractor partners, as well as others working within the international, national, and local development community, and
  • Leveraging the extension of these broadband and mobile networks for delivering network-enabled value-added application support across USAID’s development portfolio.

A fundamental component of achieving this second priority is the leveraging of public-private partnerships (PPPs). Toward this end, the GBI Program and NetHope have come together to form the GBI Alliance. This relationship places a priority on the second of these two focus area, recognizing that within the NetHope ecosystem, there is a connectivity component as well.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • NetHope

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    NetHope joins the world’s largest nonprofits with technology innovators worldwide. They act as a catalyst for productive collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving to reimagine...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2010