Update from Question Box

We love to hear from our grantees, so we’re delighted when Question Box got in touch. We supported them a few years ago and you can read more about that grant here. Since that time, they’ve been pretty busy and here are just a few snippets from their work: Continue reading

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Social Justice Coalition Scores Victory for Service Delivery

The following press release was prepared by Indigo grantee, Social Justice Coalition, about their work in South Africa:


Recommendations a victory for residents of informal settlements! Continue reading

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Open Knowledge in Berlin

So, last week I was in the wonderfully sunny city of Berlin to enjoy the Open Knowledge Festival, as annual event hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation to celebrate, explore and question the value of open knowledge and open data. It’s a great conference and features a wide range of discussions from participants with backgrounds in technology, development, politics, science, education and plenty of other fields too. What’s more, Tuesday saw Wikimedia Deutschland hosting a session on a series of research reports that had examined the impact, opportunities and challenges of using open data in developing countries. Continue reading

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Grantee Gathering in Cape Town

photo 5It was fabulous to have the opportunity to gather some our our Cape Town grantees in Woodstock for a delicious lunch and animated discussions.  While sipping hot tea to warm our winter shivers we shared stories of successes and challenges.  Key challenges that came up included fundraising, lack of skilled capacity (particularly when competing with the private sector), frustration at having to report with multiple requirements to different funders, team management and a lack of clear policies.

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The challenges of introducing mHealth in a new setting: An update from Hope Through Health in Togo

The following is a guest post kindly prepared by Hope Through Health (HTH) about the mhealth project we funded them to carry out in Togo.

In fall 2013, Hope Through Health (HTH) was fortunate to receive a generous grant from Indigo Trust to implement CommCare – a mobile health platform – with their partner organization, AED-Lidaw, in northern Togo. In collaboration with GlobeMed at MIT, an undergraduate student group that has been partnered with HTH since fall 2012, HTH and AED-Lidaw have been working to design and implement the rollout of CommCare. The goal of this project is to improve collection and analysis of patient data by Community Health Workers (CHWs) who conduct home visits to patients. Continue reading

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An Update from Cameroon

plan reportIndigo grantee, Plan International, have kindly provided us with a case study of the work we funded them to do in Cameroon. Click on the document and you will be able to read the case study in full as summarised by 15-year-old Bilounga.


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New Campaign from Publish What You Fund

What is it about?

The Road to 2015 Campaign is about harnessing the power of open data for sustainable development.

Partner countries have asked more information about development cooperation to deliver positive results on the ground. Likewise, citizens want to know what is being spent where, by whom, and with what results, so they can hold their governments to account. In 2011, donor countries promised to make their aid transparent – but we still aren’t there yet.

Why does it matter?

The Road to 2015 must be paved with open data, not just good intentions.

Progress is being made, but if we want meaningful change, donors need to accelerate their efforts to make development cooperation information accessible. The Post-2015 Development Agenda will be important for setting targets on sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication, and we need to make sure that transparency and open data remain an integral part of these discussions.

What do we want?

  1. We want donors who have committed to publishing aid data to deliver on that promise.
  2. We want transparency and open data for development cooperation to feature as an integral component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Why now?

The clock is ticking on donor promises. At the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011, we got the world’s donors to promise to fully implement a common standard for aid information – the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) – by the end of 2015. Some of the world’s largest donor agencies are now publishing their aid information to IATI, but these efforts are still uneven.

We are at a crucial point in the push for open data. In the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, it is important we remind donors of their original promise to make their spending data open and accessible.

How to get involved?

Transparency and accountability matter to all development actors, and there is space for everyone to get involved in the Road to 2015 campaign. Find out more at www.roadto2015.org

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