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In 1854 London physician John Snow collected addresses from victims of a cholera outbreak, put them on a map, traced the epidemic to Soho and turned off the contaminated pump. In doing so, he became one of the fathers of modern epidemiology. Yet a century and a half after Snow’s breakthrough, cholera and other diseases […]

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I’ve previously written about our South African grantee, FunDza, who have done some amazing work in recent years to get young South Africans reading (and writing). Using mobiles to provide access to engaging, local content from South African writers, FunDza are helping to popularise reading for pleasure. It’s for those reasons that we are delighted to be […]

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Last year, we funded a study into Uganda’s open data community – what initiatives existed, what challenges did they face, how could they cooperate better? The work, completed by DRT, has now been published and can be accessed here. The study reports a number of findings, including: An open data ecosystem based overwhelmingly in the […]

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As some of you will know, Zimbabwe’s innovation space – Hypercube – shut its doors for the last time at the end of 2015. When things like this happen, it’s unfortunate, but also part and parcel of life in the charity and philanthropic world. Initiatives fail, organisations close down or scale back – it’s a risk […]

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“The main message of the Report is that digital development strategies need to be much broader than ICT strategies. “Connectivity for all” remains an important goal and a tremendous challenge. But to bring the largest benefits, countries also need to create the right environment for technology. When analog components to digital investments are absent, the […]

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Since Indigo started funding work in Africa back in 2010, the world of the web has changed. Aside from plenty of new content, however, the Indigo website has not. We think it’s now time for a refresh and a lick of digital paint for our site. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be working […]

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There is something ironic about an organisation that works on freedom and transparency being based in a former jail. But that’s the situation that the South African History Archive finds itself in. SAHA is involved in a number of programmes, but it’s their freedom of information work that brought them to our attention.

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Just before leaving for South Africa, I gave a talk at the ODI Summit in London on how we can leverage the power of mobile and web technology to foster accountable institutions and active, informed citizens.  It showcases examples from our fabulous grantees such as WOUGNET, Parliamentary Monitoring Group, Mzalendo, mySociety, CODE/Follow the Money and BudgIT […]

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“Sensi is building a technology innovation community in Sierra Leone that will drive economic and social development through providing an open and stimulating community hub for young technologists and entrepreneurs to come together, develop their ideas and access cutting-edge tech, events, incubation programmes and training. We will unleash the untapped potential of young people interested […]

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The following blog post is reproduced from the ODAC website. The original post can be found here. Non-governmental organisations can be surprisingly slow to adapt (well, perhaps not surprising to all). Particularly when it comes to social media and marketing, there seems little energy to adapt and utilise this consistently shifting but powerful world to […]

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