Corporate corruption, data journalism for social justice and working with government-piloting new approaches with Code4SA

Living wage imageIt’s rare to come across a gem like Code4SA, a Cape Town based organisation which uses data and technology to change lives.  They combine strong developer skills with an impressive ability to bring together all the right people-technologists, civil society, journalists and other key stakeholders to tackle issues around social justice.  They generate part of their budget independently through consultancy and have published their work in the national press over a dozen times, often with front page leads.

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Sobanukirwa – Rwandan Freedom of Information Site – update

In March of this year we announced a grant award to Tumenye Digital Ltd to help them continue work on their Sobanukirwa site which enables Rwandan citizens to make freedom of information requests.  A quick update from the team is below:

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Magilatech’s Mobile Parliament goes from strength to strength

Magilatech mobile parliamentIn November 2014 we announced a grant to Magilatech for their Mobile Parliament project – giving Tanzanian citizens the opportunity to listen to parliamentary discussions from the convenience of their mobile phone, or via a website, without incurring charges. Citizens can listen and voice opinions during parliamentary sessions, giving them the opportunity to accept or reject bills and respond to discussion and decisions presented by members of parliament. Continue reading

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Using voice to make parliament more transparent

Back in November, we announced that we had awarded a grant to Magilatech, a Tanzanian start-up pioneering an innovative approach to parliamentary information. The idea is a voice service that citizens can call through any mobile phone to listen live to parliamentary debates. Citizens will also be able to voice their own opinions on the matters under discussion through voice messages. The service is designed to be free of charge to the end user, meaning that cost need not be a barrier to use. Continue reading

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iPhone 6 vs. South African Parliament

Almost anybody with a website wants to know how to get more views and users. This is as true of the charitable sector as it is of the commercial sector. In the same way that Apple or Microsoft want to drive more people to their websites to increase brand recognition or market their latest offering, so charities and not-for-profits want to reach more people with their message, inform them of their work and gain recognition. Continue reading

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Why should funders be interested in “the Digital Dividend”?

Our Executive, Loren, has been part of the Planning Committee for Ariadne’s Grant Skills Day.  Ariadne is a network of European human rights and social justice funders and on 23rd September 2015 they will be hosting an event in London which will help funders explore how digital technologies can support their work and the work of their grantees.  Loren has written a blog about Indigo’s involvement, which is reposted below: Continue reading

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Improving Ethiopian Education through Tech

Photo: GotCredit

Photo: GotCredit

Ethiopia has a low proportion of secondary-school-age children in education and those that are do not necessarily receive a high quality, engaging learning experience. Rote learning, overcrowding, poor training and a lack of infrastructure are just some of the challenges facing Ethiopian schools. AhadooTec is an organisation trying to change this through its innovative approach to offline and online learning. We’re delighted to be supporting them with a £15,260 grant for Ahadoo’s Fidel learning platform. Continue reading

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