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The following blog post was kindly prepared by Nick Dykes, Cataloguer at the British Library. In 2014 the British Library received funding from the Indigo Trust to catalogue, conserve and digitise almost 600 colonial-era military intelligence maps of the former British East Africa, a rich historical resource held at the library in the so-called War […]

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As you may know, Indigo has been working alongside DOEN Foundation and Hivos Foundation running a fund to support tech innovation hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that the best solutions to challenges are often devised locally. Through supporting technology innovation hubs, the fund aims to bring together, upskill and grow technology communities in African […]

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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 highlight the problem of substance abuse and generate open discussions about the issue among school […]

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It’s been all go on this end with the Technology Innovation Hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa fund.  We’ve invited a select group of hubs to submit proposals, including some of the hubs we’ve worked with for some time, as well as some new players.  We’ll be awarding core funding grants for more established spaces, as well as […]

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Few people would name Benin as being synonymous with tech innovation, but hub EtriLabs are trying to change a few minds and mindsets. We’re delighted to be supporting them with a grant of $22,500 towards their core costs and WHISPA (Women High Impact Startup Preparation Academy) programme, which aims to support female tech entrepreneurs.

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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 the contrary, consultation often remains tokenistic or an elite exercise. Open Data Durban (ODD), a […]

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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 ever greater profits. Enter Danish police, in the shape of fraud squad officer, Alf, and […]

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At Indigo Trust, we believe that the best solutions to a country’s challenges are likely to be devised locally.  We see an important role for technology innovation hubs in supporting local technology driven innovation.  Through providing state-of-the-art facilities, events, mentorship, training and networking opportunities to technology communities across Sub-Saharan Africa, innovation hubs help to grow, […]

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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 to find out if Kanye West ever had chewing gum get stuck in his hair as a child? Yep, you […]

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Back in 2014 we announced we had awarded a grant to Amandla.mobi, a South African group that helps citizens organise and support a variety of social justice campaigns. In this interview, Amandla speak to PowerFM about their work and exploiting the potential of widespread mobile phone ownership: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/262597632″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]  

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