Organisation: BudgIT

Expanding a service to a new country is never easy and always carries a degree of risk, but when it works the impact can be huge. That’s why we have decided to support Nigerian budget monitoring organisation, BudgIT, as they seek to establish a Sierra Leonean outpost of their organisation. Using many of the same […]

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Want to know how one of our grantees used budget data to ensure the poorest schoolchildren received education support grants? Or how another got the Nigerian authorities to make good on its promise to rebuild a school? International campaigning and advocacy organization ONE has released a series of open data impact stories, highlighting cases where […]

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Today Al Jazeera published my article on the role of new tech in the upcoming Nigerian elections.  In turbulent times, the result is unpredictable but I’m proud of all the organisations on the ground who are giving their all to ensure that marginalised voices aren’t ignored and government decisions are being watched.  You can read […]

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Iwoye-Ilogbo, a rural community located in Ado Odo/Ota local government area in Ogun state, is actually less than a 45-minute drive from Lagos State, Nigeria’s financial hub.  The Ilogbo community has only one educational facility that serves at least six other communities around it. The school has two classrooms and according to the school’s management, […]

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When Indigo started funding in Africa four years ago, we set out to do something that we felt other funders weren’t doing. Not only did we feel that the potential impact of mobile and web technology was ripe and should be supported, we also recognised that many organisations – particularly small, local ones – needed […]

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This quarter’s edition of the Bertha Centre for Innovation (University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business)’s magazine Inside:Out explores Financing for social ventures and would make great reading for many of our followers.  On page 14-17, I explore our approach to funding, looking at why we take risks, with small grants, across a diverse […]

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The University of Cape Town‘s Graduate School of Business publishes a fascinating quarterly magazine on social innovation called Inside:Out which looks at how innovation can happen from within African countries.  I’ve written an article on pages 16-19.  It discusses how technology is being used to improve transparency and hold governments to account.  It also explores […]

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I’ve written another article for CNN.  This article explores how increasing access to information, strengthening civil society, amplifying the citizen voice and supporting professionals who are providing services to society’s poorest should result in positive change for society.  It mentions lots of our grantees.  Find out who by reading it here.

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The following is a post kindly prepared by our grantee, BudgIT. To find out more about their work take a look at their website. I swim in an innovation pool that boasts of developers, interface designers, programmers and entrepreneurs called Co-Creation Hub. Located in the emerging tech district in Lagos, Co-Creation Hub is the geek’s […]

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