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The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £10, 000 to the Hive Colab in Uganda.  This is a community owned space where young tech entrepreneurs can network, develop projects, access the internet, collaborate, hold events and network. The Hive Colab team also co-founded AfriLabs, which provides an opportunity for spaces with similar goals throughout Africa to […]

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Pamoja FM, a community radio station in Kibera slum, Nairobi came to the fore during the 2007-2008 election violence, where they acted as a calming influence on the citizens in Kibera, which was in stark contrast with many comparable stations, which incited violence over this period.  In this way, they remained true to their name which […]

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Whilst in Kenya, the Indigo Team were fortunate enough to meet with 2 organisations which are utilising technology to transform health services in Kenya and beyond.  ChildCount+, which is being run from The MDG Centre in Nairobi is a free open-source mHealth platform  built with RapidSMS.  It has been developed by the Millennium Villages Project […]

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During my visit to Nairobi, I was lucky to come across some interesting organisations, using tech. to support farmers in innovative ways.  KickStart has utilised the success of M-Pesa to create mobile layaway service known as Tone kwa tone pata which enables small-scale farmers to make incremental payments over a mobile phone in order to purchase irrigation […]

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The 2007-8 post election violence in Kenya, highlighted a need for political change in Kenya and the new constitution is a step in the direction needed, but the nation cannot rest on its laurel.  On the ground, people are working hard to stimulate social change from the Grassroots up! Pamoja FM, aired live from Kibera, […]

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The concept of outsourcing to developing countries to reduce costs and aid development isn’t an unfamiliar one.  I.T. services provided to the West from India have been a key contributor to the relatively recent economic boom there.  Yet suggesting that there is budding software developing talent in Africa often results in a cynical audience and […]

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The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £10, 000 to Africa Gathering (£5000 towards ICT4D conference costs and £5000 for business support).  Africa Gathering is a unique new platform of change that exposes African ideas and innovations in the field of ICT4D and beyond so that they can be recognised, adopted and celebrated.  They […]

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In Africa, radio remains the dominant broadcasting tool, with about 90% of households owning a radio – but communication remains mostly one-way. SMS text-messaging using mobile phones, also increasingly widespread, are the most affordable and accessible mode of two-way communication. The award-winning open source software tool FrontlineSMS combines laptops with mobiles to bridge a crucial […]

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I had a fantastic converation with Jessica Colaco, manager of Nairobi’s iHub, which opened this year.  The iHub brings together stakeholders from throughout the tech community including software developers, researchers, designers, academics and industry, with the aim of encouraging open innovation and providing a physical access point for entrepreneurs.  Its construction was funded by Ushahidi, […]

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The Royal African Society hosted an event commentating on the recent Tanzanian election, where as expected, ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi(Revolutionary State Party) won, but with a significantly diminished majority.  It highlighted the ways in which results may have been biased, despite the international community hailing the elections as ‘fair’.  These include lack of anonymity of ballot papers, availability […]

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