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A challenge faced by many organisations is how to scale up successful interventions, programmes and projects so that other groups or individuals around the world can replicate them. UK-based mySociety, which develops websites which enable greater transparency and openness, believes it may have found one solution and we are delighted to announce that, having supported […]

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In a country where the life expectancy is 53 years, HIV prevalence is 3.6% and where over 20% of the population have unmet family planning needs, Nigeria’s health system is in need of support.  During my trip to Lagos, I came across some interesting organisations which are coming up with innovative information technology based solutions […]

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Su Kahumbu, Founder of iCow describes how their new App is making an impact just a few weeks after its launch: “A farmer in Bomet county, rift valley region, called to give us the best news yet! He had posted a cow for sale on iCow Soko (one of our new features that enables farmers […]

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We are delighted to be partnering with Omidyar to fund a new social innovation centre in Lagos, Nigeria.  We are excited to support this venture which will encourage locally driven innovation in the tech field.  The hub aims to support technology enterprises which will encourage better governance, increased transparency and greater citizen engagement.  It will also contribute […]

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They say better late than never, so I thought it was about time that I shared a little about some of the fantastic organisations that I came across whilst in Lagos, Nigeria in March.  As with Nairobi, I was delighted to see a small, but thriving tech community coming together and with a population of […]

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We are delighted to announce that we have awarded a grant of £25, 000 to assist in the setting up of the Cocreation hub in Lagos, Nigeria. As you may remember, I was fortunate enough to sit on the judge panel for a Tech-In Governance competition run by the hub’s team in March. As we […]

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The Indigo Trust has awarded £16, 350 to Tactical Tech-an international NGO working at the point where rights advocacy meets information management and technology, £5k for workshops.  £11, 350 of the grant will contribute to their Exposing the Invisible project which aims to visually represent the intangible, the undiscovered, the unacknowledged or unexposed. Tactical Tech […]

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Last week, the Indigo team attended Africa Gathering’s 2011 conference at the Guardian’s offices in London. Founded on the principle that sharing information is key to the continent’s development, Africa Gathering provides a space for technophiles, thinkers, entrepreneurs and funders to come together ‘to talk about positive change in sustainable development, technology, social networking, leadership, […]

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iCow, a mobile phone app for dairy farmers in Kenya, is off to a flying start just a few weeks after being awarded a grant by Indigo. The app, which gives advice on issues such as gestation, milk production and fodder, is already being downloaded by dairy farmers across the country and has been demonstrated […]

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As part of their admirable commitment to transparency, mySociety recently commissioned independent reports into two of their websites, TheyWorkForYou.com and WriteToThem.com. Through usage statistics and other data, the reports offer an honest and impartial appraisal of the websites’ reach and efficacy. Overall, these sites are achieving their stated aims. WriteToThem, for example, receives 40-50,000 unique […]

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