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.
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 […]
We have awarded a grant of £25,000 to the aid transparency campaign organisation, Publish What You Fund. Publish What You Fund has been instrumental in encouraging countries around the world to endorse the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and to start publishing details of their aid flows in an open and comparable format. The funding […]
Here’s a copy of the latest article written by Fran Perrin and Loren Treisman. It appears in the latest edition of Trust and Foundation News, the publication of the Association of Charitable Foundations. It’s reproduced here with their kind permission.
Tomorrow, South Africans will go to the ballot box to vote for President, 20 years since the start of democracy. I wrote this article for the Guardian about the role of technology in enabling citizens to make more informed choices, more effectively campaign and hold government to account. It also talks about how technology could be […]
OSIWA and CTIC Dakar are looking for technology-driven ideas to promoting good governance in several West African countries. Indigo Trust – along with the French Embassy in Senegal and AfriLabs – is supporting the initiative and we’d encourage any teams with a good idea to check out the call for projects below. A French language […]
It is, perhaps, stating the obvious that money approved by government doesn’t always get to where it’s needed. Whether you’re in Cameroon or Canda, Uganda or the United Kingdom, there is no guarantee that funds will reach where they are most needed. In countries where resources are stretched, this is a particularly acute problem and […]
Since February 2014, two TechWomen alumnae have coordinated the Zimbabwe Technovation Challenge, a technology entrepreneurship program for young women (ages 13-23). Through an intensive curriculum and mentoring program, teams of young women work together to create, design, and test mobile applications and then pitch their ideas to investors. Zimbabwe’s best teams will submit their projects […]
Young people in Cameroon operate in a political and social context where corruption and abuse of power put great stresses on the educational establishment. Rather than tackle the issue head on, many young people see little hope for improvement and so disengage from politics completely. Instead, they prefer to find ways around this problem by […]
You may have read about the event we hosted alongside Code4SA. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve awarded a grant of £36,850 to the team to contribute towards salary costs and an Open Data Unconference which will help the team build the Open Data community in South Africa. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the […]