As the powerhouse of West Africa, Nigeria is an interesting and sensible base to operate from as a funder. During our recent trip to the country, we were fortunate to meet with three major funders there. Here’s a bit more about them and what they do:
Tony Elumelu Foundation
The Foundation funds projects across Africa and was set up almost three years ago by the Nigerian businessman, Tony Elumelu. Continue reading
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As we all know, technology evolves rapidly. It can be almost impossible to imagine what the future holds. Nonetheless, in the New Year, myself and some other ICT4D experts have made some predictions in this Guardian Article. What do you think? Are we wrong or right? What would your prediction be?
Yesterday, the Guardian published an article I wrote about how technology driven initiatives are beginning to improve health outcomes in Africa. It includes lessons learned from supporting projects in this field and suggestions on how to maximise a project’s chance of success. It also mentions some of our grantees. Check it out here to find out who. You can also find out more about this sector through this video from the Open Government Partnership Summit in London, which focuses on health transparency.
Having previously supported FrontlineSMS we thought some of our readers might be interested in a study that they, FreedomFone and the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights have been working on. It explores the impact of interactive radio formats on governance, debae and accuntability. The PDF below gives a good overview of the project and is certainly worth a read.
The following is a post kindly prepared by our grantee, BudgIT. To find out more about their work take a look at their website.
I swim in an innovation pool that boasts of developers, interface designers, programmers and entrepreneurs called Co-Creation Hub. Located in the emerging tech district in Lagos, Co-Creation Hub is the geek’s nest and the innovator’s hub. I am a faithful of that academy that picked me up from the bank’s cubicle to lead BudgIT, the double helix of civic awesomeness.
BudgIT strives hard to make budget access easy for everyone. Few months ago, we had our website with a messy backend and our mobile platforms were grossly underperforming. The only bright spot was our Twitter page which was a restless stream of tweets on public finance and other related data. Continue reading
On 11th December, UCL’s Constitution Unit will be hosting a lunchtime seminar to explore Constitute – the world’s most comprehensive, up-to-date repository of constitutions in the world. There are arguably few pieces of legislation in the world that are more central to a country’s functioning than a constitution. For centuries, however, access to these crucial documents has all to often been restricted to a tiny elite. Using 21st century tools, UCL and their partners are opening up constitutions and democratising access for the very first time. Continue reading
iCow is one of our most successful grantees. It has been featured in the Guardian, in MIT Technology Review and many more. This level of coverage is entirely deserved; iCow is starting to impact on farmer’s lives. They’re increasing their income through increased milk yields and decreased disease outbreaks and are willing to pay for the service.
However, amid all this success, iCow founder Su Kahumbu has still found time to reflect on lessons learned in 2013. What she’s come up with should be highly interesting for anyone working in this sector. Here are some of her insights: