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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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Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to attend the National Digital Conference, ND11, at Old Billingsgate in London. The theme of the day was ‘Building a Networked Nation’ and featured contributions from Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. The speakers covered such issues as digital […]

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Now in their 23rd year, the One World Media Awards honour ‘the most outstanding media coverage of the developing world’ and acknowledge the role journalists, filmmakers, actors and others play in raising the profile of some of the world’s most important development challenges. The event, broadcast live on BBC World News, was hosted by Channel […]

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Earlier this week the Indigo team attended an introductory course on international development. Organised by Bond and held at NCVO’s offices in London, the two-day course gave participants the chance to reflect on their own understanding of and approach to development work, as well as an opportunity to network with other development professionals. Although a […]

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Organised by Bond, held at CAFOD and with guest speakers from Tactical Technology and Indigo-funded FrontlineSMS, Incorporating ICT into Southern Advocacy was an afternoon of participatory workshops aimed at those in the international development community. The afternoon touched on issues as diverse as the power of social media, the role of mobiles and crowdsourcing technologies and the use of […]

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The Indigo Trust is delighted to announce that it has awarded a grant of £10,536 to the prize-winning iCow app. The grant is to be used towards the cost of setting up a customer care centre designed to handle feedback and provide support to registered users. We subsequently awarded the iCow team a further £4,000 […]

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The Voices of Progress event held yesterday in London brought together Markus Boser of J.P. Morgan, Greg Reeve from M-Pesa, Mary McDowell of Nokia and developmental economist and social media entrepreneur Mara Batlin for a stimulating discussion on the role of mobile phones in poverty eradication. The speakers touched upon issues as diverse as government payment of police […]

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The Indigo Trust is working alongside The Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundation, The World Bank and Hivos as part of the New Technology Subgroup of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, which is managed by Martin Tisne.  The Transparency and Accountability field is one of the fastest growing public movements of recent years. The International Budget […]

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I’m excited to announce that The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £5,000 to the Co-Creation hub team in Nigeria to cover prize money and some project management costs for their Tech-In Governance Event in Lagos.  The Co-Creation hub and the Tech-In Series Events have been devised as part of the wider Social Innovation […]

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