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Much valuable work in sub-Saharan Africa is supported by foundations and trusts from outside of the region but African foundations and trusts are playing an ever-increasing role. Here are some interesting facts we’ve learned about about the sector:

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A mixed government, academic and private sector research team have released a report into the attitudes and behaviours of internet users in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report reveals differences between users in MENA and globally concerning data privacy, government regulation of the internet and differing levels of trust in some of […]

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While we believe that as many people should have internet access as possible, as a small foundation we would never be able to provide access to even a fraction of the people not currently online. In recent years, internet cafes and other public places have offered many people their first opportunity to get online and […]

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Having supported Constitute Project last year, we’re delighted to announce that we have awarded them a second grant of £4,125. The Constitute Project is an ambitious initiative to provide people around the world with access to constitutions from almost every country on the planet.

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The University of Cape Town‘s Graduate School of Business publishes a fascinating quarterly magazine on social innovation called Inside:Out which looks at how innovation can happen from within African countries.  I’ve written an article on pages 16-19.  It discusses how technology is being used to improve transparency and hold governments to account.  It also explores […]

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Sometimes, it’s easier to let grantees explain their work in their own words and that’s what the team at Fruits of Thought have done with the following presentation, which explains why we have awarded them a second grant and what they plan to do with it. Enjoy! [slideshare id=33638287&doc=indigoblogpost2014fot-140417050814-phpapp01]

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Let me preface this post by saying that many large international NGOs are staffed by passionate, hardworking and knowledgeable people and often do incredible work in tough conditions. And some small, local NGOs are inefficient, incompetent and sometimes corrupt. It seems a little paradoxical, therefore, to say that we will not fund INGOs. And a […]

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Check out this slideshow of photos provided courtesy of Elliot Rowe Photography from our Press Breakfast and Hack Hackers events in Cape Town (in association with Africa Media Initiative and Code4SA).  You can read all about the events here and our Hack Hackers in Johannesburg (in association with Africa Media Initiative and Jozi Hub) here.

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One of the great advantages of being based in Cape Town for 6 months is that I am able to work more closely with some of our fabulous grantees.  My latest article in the Huffington Post describes how RLabs has transformed addicts and gang members into social entrepreneurs through building hope. Remarkably, they’re generating significant […]

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South Africa has a very high rate of cellphone usage, even among the poor. Could such technology help people keep government accountable?  Read Loren Treisman’s recent article in Africa’s Mail & Guardian here .

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