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Generally speaking, the decision to award a grant isn’t made by some objective algorithm – and if it was, I almost certainly wouldn’t have a job. Just like proposal writing, grantmaking is still very much a person-centric activity. And so personality has a (big) role to play.

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I don’t think anyone has yet come up with a satisfactory term to describe the different blocs of countries that have historically been described as rich/poor, first/third world, developing/developed or, most recently, Global North/South. All are – to my mind – wholly inadequate, as they try to lump together such heterogeneous countries in just two categories. 

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It’s hard to trust our leaders. Across the globe, the gap between rich and poor is widening while seldom a week passes without a political figure or big brand being exposed for avoiding tax, involvement in corrupt practices or making decisions that blatantly work against the public good. Now more than ever, it is critical […]

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Do you know how many debates your MP appears at? I don’t have a clue and I certainly don’t know what a good attendance rate looks like. South African voters now have a chance to compare the attendance record of their representative with that of other MPs to see who’s the hardest working and who’s […]

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The following article is reproduced with the kind permission of GroundUp. The original article can be found here. Website helps you to hold your elected representatives accountable Do you know who your local Member of Parliament (MP) or your ward councillor is? Do you know what they do and how to contact them? Many South […]

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In some parts of the world, the right to access information is fairly well entrenched and something that citizens, the media and others are familiar with. In other parts of the world, meanwhile, access to information is but a distant dream. Many countries, however, occupy a sort of middle ground where the right to information […]

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It’s not often our grantees make it into an in-flight magazine (at least, I don’t think it is). This month, though, it’s great to see the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) make it onto the pages of South African Airline’s magazine and reflects on the importance of having access to legislation and legal information for everyone […]

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The following blog post was kindly prepared by Nick Dykes, Cataloguer at the British Library. In 2014 the British Library received funding from the Indigo Trust to catalogue, conserve and digitise almost 600 colonial-era military intelligence maps of the former British East Africa, a rich historical resource held at the library in the so-called War […]

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As you may know, Indigo has been working alongside DOEN Foundation and Hivos Foundation running a fund to support tech innovation hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that the best solutions to challenges are often devised locally. Through supporting technology innovation hubs, the fund aims to bring together, upskill and grow technology communities in African […]

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Back in 2014, we announced that we had awarded a grant to Siyakhona, a South African organisation using tech and video to warn young people of the dangers posed by substance abuse. Targeting at-risk young people, Siyakhona’s aim was to highlight the problem of substance abuse and generate open discussions about the issue among school […]

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