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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:  

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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 to fund their work. Receiving an average of one application per working day and awarding just a […]

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If I’m being honest, building blocky replicas of real-life places in a digital environment is unlikely to ever make it to the top of my bucket list. It’s also one the of the many reasons I won’t be getting a job with Minecraft‘s PR department anytime soon, but I digress… Last week, I was fortunate […]

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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 address this.  I’ve written a Huffington Post article to discuss what needs to be done […]

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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 others organise more effectively by developing a suite of simple, mobile tools enabling organisations to […]

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