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In a few weeks, voters in the UK will go to the polls in a general election. A sizeable minority might be inclined to take a selfie at the polling booth. Will they be committing a crime? The only way to be sure is to have free and open access to the relevant legislation, something which […]

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Indigo Trust and the British Council are currently working with Hive Colab on a project to see how tech can be used to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Hive Colab received funding of £40,000 towards a user-centred design process, bringing together techies, civic and creative groups and an innovation hub to develop a tech-driven […]

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Given the ubiquity of mobile technology across emerging markets, many start-ups are understandably keen to discover how best they can work with mobile operators. Conversely, many operators want to partner with innovative start-ups to stay relevant and add value, but may not know where to begin. New research from GSMA unpicks some of these issues […]

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Open Data Durban is a non-profit civic technology lab that implements and advocates for open data, open government, and civic technology through projects, events, workshops, and dataquests (hackathons for everyone, especially non‐techies). In short, it’s the kind of organisation for which we are always on the lookout. Having supported their work for just over a […]

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Expanding a service to a new country is never easy and always carries a degree of risk, but when it works the impact can be huge. That’s why we have decided to support Nigerian budget monitoring organisation, BudgIT, as they seek to establish a Sierra Leonean outpost of their organisation. Using many of the same […]

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As explained in an earlier post, we’ve recently had our first interim reports from the hubs supported this year through the Fund for Tech Innovation Hubs in sub-Saharan Africa. The Fund was established by The Indigo Trust some years ago, and in 2016 Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) joined and provided significant additional […]

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The Fund for Tech Innovation Hubs in sub-Saharan Africa offers core support to tech hubs across the continent. It was established by The Indigo Trust and in 2016 Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) provided significant additional support for West African hubs. Last summer, the Fund made grants towards three hubs’ core costs:  ActivSpaces […]

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From Zurich to Zimbabwe and Uruguay to Uganda, mySociety‘s tools promoting better services and improved democracy and accountability are a familiar feature of the digital democracy landscape. Having worked with them for a number of years, we’re very happy to be supporting their international work for another year. Over the coming year, we expect to see […]

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We were really interested to receive a recent report which was commissioned by Making All Voices Count and undertaken by Results for Development and the Institute of Development Studies on the role of technology innovation hubs in policy engagement. The executive summary of the report follows here, but do take the time to read the […]

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Periodically when reviewing proposals and concept notes, I make a mental note to write a short post on some dos and don’ts of proposal writing. I’ve done it before, but is strikes me that it’s about time for an updated list. As a caveat, I don’t pretend it’s objective or exhaustive, but it might be something that potential applicants would […]

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