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Things We Don’t Fund: Financial Solutions

‘Across sub-Saharan Africa as a whole only about a quarter of adults have accounts at formal financial institutions, and only 3% have credit cards.’ Given this state of affairs, it’s hardly surprising that Africa has developed some unique and innovative … Continue reading

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Things We Don’t Fund: Job Matching

In much the same way that many people turn to the internet to find love, entertainment or just pictures of cats dressed in funny things, the world of job hunting is increasingly digital. It makes sense – you can search … Continue reading

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#MakeItCount Conference (and why hashtags matter)

Despite some hashtag-based confusion (#makeitcount is the official hashtag of a very popular piece of wearable tech), last Monday’s conference on big/open data arranged by SciDev.Net provided some interesting food for thought. The #makeitcount conference attempted to bring together a … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Fund That?

A while ago, I briefly blogged about some of the things we don’t fund. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a series of more in-depth articles about some of the things we don’t fund. The idea is to … Continue reading

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Efiko: A Grant to Nigeria

Efiko is a mobile social quiz platform designed for school students in Nigeria to enhance learning through self-assessment with topical quizzes tied to the national school curriculum. Efiko is freely available as a mobile web (for all internet enabled mobile … Continue reading

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UNDP to partner with Hillside Digital Trust

The United Nations Development Program has formally awarded a one year contract with Hillside Digital Trust to work with them in Lesotho. We previously provided Hillside with a grant in support of their Siyakhona project which trains young people in … Continue reading

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West African Weather: A New Grant

It’s true, British people love to talk about the weather. In fact, according to some it is our top national trait. The Indigo team were delighted, therefore, when a Swedish-Ghanaian weather forecasting company, Ignitia, got in touch with us to … Continue reading

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Second Grant for FunDza Literacy Trust

As movements like Equal Education point out, the education received by young people in post-Apartheid South Africa remainsvastly unequal, despite high government spending. Low levels of literacy lie at the heart of the porblme. This is exacerbated by lack of … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing with CIPESA: An Update

Much of the following post is taken directly from an end-of-grant report submitted to us by CIPESA. Appendices and personal details have been removed. Background In June 2013, The Indigo Trust supported the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East … Continue reading

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Question Box: Catching Up with an Old Grantee

Back in 2011 we awarded Open Mind a grant to develop new software, which will provide open-source tools combining custom software and printable how-to guidebooks that allow almost any community organisation to start their own local hotline. Two years on … Continue reading

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