As you may remember, I was fortunate enough to sit on the judge panel for a Tech-In Governance competition run by the hub’s team in March.
As we were so impressed with what the team were doing, we wanted to see how we could best support them. They expressed interest in setting up a hub, based upon a similar model to the ihub in Nairobi to bring together stakeholders from different walks of life to work collaboratively on solutions to social challenges facing Nigerian society. We have provided £10, 000 in core costs to ensure the hub gets off the ground.
We are delighted that through Indigo’s promotion of the hub, several other funders are now expressing interest in this venture and are working closely with the team to provide further support and significant funds.
When I visited the team in Lagos, they were working from a small office and were yet to secure a space for the hub itself, now they’re well on their way to securing enough funds to make their dream a reality.
Bosun Tijani, one of its Cofounders (alongside Femi Longe) expresses thanks to Indigo and speaks about their journey below:
“Loren, we secured the space thanks to your support :-). It’s been a pleasure working with you. We absolutely appreciate your support and endorsements…many thanks for the trust.”
Further commitments are now being garnered following the announcement of the space and the team looks likely to secure sufficient funding to run the space for the first year and beyond.
The Indigo Trust has also decided to provide £5, 000 to each of our favourite ideas which came out of the Tech-In Governance competition to support them in developing working prototypes and launching successful platforms. These ideas are:
- C.A.R.E – Citizens Against Rigging Elections: a mobile based system for video recording and transmitting the official announcement by INEC officials at eachpolling unit nation-wide. A control-centre then processes it for onward live transmission during the voting and post-voting election period. This empowers and informs the public on how these results are initially and finally processed
- Residents’ Report: a managed platform which allows citizens to point local problems to relevant public institutions responsible to aid prompt fixing. RR is a Social Innovation application that “puts the city in our hands, allows citizens/residents decide the destiny of their communities and gets public service agencies to do their jobs accountably.”
- BudgIT: a web and mobile enable platform for friendly presentation of state and federal budget to include charts and performance analysis for proper understanding of what budgets entails. This is critical to benchmark governance and the government’s allocation to specific sectors.
We hope to see many successful technology-led interventions coming out of the hub and wish the team all the best.