- The process of networking has great potential for facilitating and accelerating global health development. This article presents some of the experiences of the Network of Community-Oriented Educational Institutions for Health Sciences. Three components are identified, each of which is illustrated by a specific Network activity: (1) tasks and projects, (2) information and communications technology, (3) people and institutions--the human factor. Some important lessons have been learned. Because people are the key to successful networking, there is a need to strengthen the research about how networks function. Encouraging progress is being made toward more effective global collaboration.