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A small grant to Siyakhona

Back in 2014, we announced that we had awarded a grant to Siyakhona, a South African organisation using tech and video to warn young people of the dangers posed by substance abuse. Targeting at-risk young people, Siyakhona’s aim was to … Continue reading

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Supporting Open Data Durban

The world over, development and planning largely remain confined to elite circles. These circles are typically made up of politicians, business owners, developers and financiers among others, but rarely do they involve ordinary citizens or local communities. Despite much rhetoric to … Continue reading

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Follow the Money (Denmark+Nigeria)

I’ve recently been watching the excellent Danish crime drama, Follow the Money. The basic premise of the show is as follows: Renewable energy firm, Energreen, is exploiting migrant workers and indulging in some creative accounting practices in its search for … Continue reading

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Google Ad Words

Nowadays, for many people ‘find something out’ and ‘google it’ are synonymous. Want to know the age of Kanye West? Ask Google. Want to know the best way to get rid of chewing gum from a child’s hair? Google it. Want … Continue reading

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Unsuccessful applications

It’s very rewarding to be able to contact great organisations to tell them that their funding proposal has been approved, but this remains the exception to the rule. More often than not, it’s my job to write to applicants and explain why we aren’t able … Continue reading

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You Pay Your Tax, I’ll Pay Mine

The over 11 million leaked files in the Panama Papers reminded us how very intertwined the worlds of business and politics have become.  Illicit financial flows are costing Africa over $50 billion every ten years.  Greater transparency is needed to … Continue reading

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Supporting grassroots organising in South Africa

Mobilising people to act involves more than a catchy slogan and a sense of injustice. Effecting large-scale change involves organising people or, rather, helping them to organise themselves. GrassRoot, a South African organisation, aims to help charities, social movements and … Continue reading

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