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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a core part of good development and grant-making practices. Knowing what worked and what didn’t can help grantmakers and charities improve their work and learn from their successes (and mistakes). Beyond being simply a good practice, many grant makers and funders increasingly make monitoring and evaluation a key requirement of […]

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It’s been all go in Cape Town in the last week as we’ve been working alongside the Africa Media Initiative (AMI) and Code4SA to ramp up our efforts in South Africa. Since being in South Africa I’ve come across fantastic techies building APIs, tools and infographics which aim to equip citizens, activists and journalists with the platforms […]

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Moroccan citizens have few channels through which to make their voices heard or to learn about the work of their representatives in Parliament. Although web-based tools were essential to the organization and campaigning of Arab Spring protesters, efforts to leverage technology to help citizens more effectively participate in political discussion have lagged.

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In collaboration with Hacks/Hackers, Code for South Africa and the African Media Initiative (AMI), we are organising two events in Johannesburg and Cape Town this Friday, 11 April. The event will showcase simple tools and data sources that empower citizens, activists and civic watchdogs, plus organisations like the media to hold those in power to […]

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We’re delighted to announce that we have awarded South Africa’s Social Justice Coalition a grant of £16,226 to help them provide education and advocacy traning and also to develop and amend a mobile/online problem reporting platform.

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Those of you who have been following our work for a while will know that we have been supporting mySociety for a number of years. As the mySociety team has expanded, so too has their global reach. We have previously funded them to work in partnership with African organisations to develop a number of digital […]

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