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Worldwide, lotteries are big business. They raise billions each year and give away large amounts of charitable funding. But how that money is distributed and who benefits is not always clear. And given the vast amounts of money involved, there is inevitably room for questionable decisions and less-than-transparent funding awards. In South Africa, a consortium […]

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Grassroot is a platform for community organisers and social movements to organise their neighbours. It consists of purpose-built tools that solve real problems for people who want to take action. It connects such leaders to each other, and allow the easy aggregation and analysis of the issues they tackle. Through this grant, we are supporting Grassroot […]

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EveryPolitician is a mySociety initiative to collect the world’s richest dataset on national legislatures around the world – that’s details of every MP, senator and member of congress in (almost) every country. That’s a lot of data that needs updating surprisingly frequently – snap elections, collapses of governments and by-elections mean that there is a […]

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Imagine trying to play football, but not knowing the rules. It’s ridiculous and hard to imagine such a scenario could ever really happen. Yet in many countries, access to legislation and court rulings (the state’s equivalent of the football rule book) is restricted. In recent times, African Legal Information Institutes have been working to remedy […]

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Globally, journalism’s reputation is undergoing something of an assault. The spectre of fake news stories and unethical journalism is never far from the headlines with journalistic integrity at stake. At the same time, however, journalists in many countries face intimidation, harassment and physical violence. Positive news on journalism can be hard to find, although South […]

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Early next month, Kenyans will go to the polls to vote in their country’s elections. Among the millions going to the polls will be huge numbers of first-time voters and young people. In an attempt to reach this sizeable demographic with relevant, accurate and interesting content, South Africa’s Livity Africa are teaming up with Kenyan […]

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People’s Assembly is one of Africa’s most impressive parliamentary monitoring sites. As well as contact information, attendance records and a register of interests, the site contains a wealth of information on South Africa’s parliamentary process, its legislation and committee meeting records. It’s difficult to imagine a more complete and useful record of South Africa’s parliamentary […]

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Indigo is recruiting for a Hub Fund Programme Manager on an initial 1 year fixed-term position with the possibility of an extension at the end of the term. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role within The Indigo Trust, a UK-based grant making foundation that provides small and high-risk grants to early-stage […]

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We wanted to let you know about an exciting new piece of research which has been published on African Tech Innovation Hubs. Dr Nicolas Friederici, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford, undertakes research into why digital entrepreneurship flourishes in some places but not in others. Dr Friederici […]

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Freedom Park is a township that was built from tents as explained by its pioneers, Thami and Edwin. They were living in Soweto in dilapidated homes and as such they never felt a strong sense of belonging in Soweto. They had noticed that there was an unoccupied piece of land (where there is now Freedom […]

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