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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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Following on from Loren’s previous post about the pre-election events she helped organise in South Africa, here’s some more infromation kindly supplied by event co-organiser Siyabonga: Digital democracy activists at Code4SA have teamed up with UK NGO the Indigo Trust to bring several new suites of online tools to South Africa which will help citizens […]

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Loren Treisman’s article for the Huffington Post looks at  how technology, when used as part of a well devised programme, has huge potential to transform the relationship between citizens and government.  Read the full article here.

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It’s rare that a conference inspires me to want to take up a new skill, so leaving re:publica last week I was all the more surprised that I was seriously considering teaching myself cross-stitch: re:publica is an annual conference hosted in Berlin that since its founding in 2007 has grown to attract 5,000 visitors each […]

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