Want a tough job? Make parliament interesting

Back in November, we announced that we had awarded a grant to Livity Africa towards the costs of their young parliamentary reporter programme in South Africa. The job of these young reporters was to report on what was happening in the South African Parliament in an accessible, interesting and accurate way. This handy infographic shows how they got on:

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Supporting Ethiopian Innovation with xHub

Addis Ababa is alive with innovation right now and that’s why we’re happy to be supporting a tech innovation hub there, xHub. The xHub will act as a place for IT entrepreneurs to convert their idea into a product or company, by providing mentorship, training, ICT access and testing facilities and networking opportunities. Rising numbers of IT graduates in the country are looking to establish themselves and their start-ups in Addis and xHub will help them achieve this. Indigo’s funding of £20,000 will go towards the hub’s core costs.

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Media representation in South Africa… What you don’t see

In a city like Cape Town, getting your voice heard can be a real challenge. Without the money, the connections or the social standing, it is easy for the media – and in many cases the government – to overlook you and hope you’ll go away. Continue reading

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Just who are Kenya’s hardest working MPs?

Last year, Indigo grantee Mzalendo launched the People’s Shujaaz Awards to recognise and honour Kenyan legislators who have made a positive contribution to the country by actively engaging in the political process, rather than taking a back seat. Here are a few press clippings about the awards and its winners.

Lobby to award best performing MPs (Daily Nation)

Kenyans nominate 10 most favourite MPs in 2014 (Daily Nation)

Mzalendo launches the People’s Shujaaz Awards (Kass International)

Khalwale, Kabando are top toilers (Daily Nation)

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Platformtastic! How to Reach your Target Audience

The list of things you can now do over a web or mobile platform is vast and continues to grow. For many, the days when a phone was for – you know – phoning people are a bygone age, a quaint and fading memory that our grandchildren will scarce believe. If you want to contact people now, you can text them, send them a photo on Snapchat, WhatsApp them, contact them about a job on Linkedin, buy their second-hand bicycle on Gumtree or – if you’re still a lover of the good ol’ voice – record a message to them and upload it to Soundcloud, Youtube, AudioBoo or any other of a thousand platforms. Continue reading

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Remote communities… and how to reach them

You live in a remote village that is three hours’ drive from the nearest health centre. Your family can’t afford a mobile phone and the only person with a phone in the village is away visiting relatives. You notice that one of your children is developing breathing difficulties and has a fever. There are no doctors or nurses for miles around, so what do you do? Well, you could try to care for the child yourself but you don’t know what is causing their symptoms and nobody in your community has seen a condition like this before. You can’t get to the health centre, as you don’t have any viable means of transport. Continue reading

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Combining old and new tech for better service delivery

For all the developments in mobile and web technology over the last three decades, in many parts of the world radio remains a key source of information and advice. Although we don’t fund radio projects in isolation, we are keen to hear of mobile and web projects that seek to exploit the use of radio as a widely accessible medium and a trusted platform for news. Continue reading

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