Rightly or wrongly, elections sit firmly at the centre of modern-day democracies. But how many of us are truly informed? What access do we enjoy to really impartial content that is not trying to spin us a particular line or get us behind one party or another? Ghana is no stranger to this problem and […]
There was never going to be anything simple about Nigeria’s 2015 elections. Both main candidates – Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari – are big names that commanded significant followings. Security concerns, technology worries and registration difficulties, meanwhile, compounded an already complex electoral situation in Africa’s largest democracy.
As recent electoral events in the UK demonstrate, elections can be tricky mistresses and ‘foregone conclusions’ can be way off the mark. Here at Indigo we frequently receive proposals from groups wanting to do work around elections in sub-Saharan Africa; whether it’s voter education in Kenya, youth participation in Tanzania or election monitoring in Nigeria. […]
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 […]
The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £41,926 to the Open Knowledge Foundation for its School of Data project in South Africa. In the age of big data, the volume of information that voters have at their disposal is monumental. Service delivery failures and corruption are hot political issues in South Africa. Access to […]
Following on from Loren’s previous post about the pre-election events she helped organise in South Africa, here’s some more infromation kindly supplied by event co-organiser Siyabonga: Digital democracy activists at Code4SA have teamed up with UK NGO the Indigo Trust to bring several new suites of online tools to South Africa which will help citizens […]
Over the past couple of years Indigo has developed a sizeable portfolio of partner organisations and funded projects that attempt to increase accountability and transparency in Africa by utilising ICT. We have found this to be hard work indeed! Measuring impact and selecting projects that will challenge those in power in a constructive yet meaningful […]
Indigo has awarded a grant of SA Rand 194,700 (around £12,300) to Parliamentary Monitoring Group South Africa for a new Mzalendo/Odekro-style website for all levels of South African Democracy – from national down to local councils.
March was another exciting month for ICT and mobile developments in Africa. Here’s our monthly round-up of highlights ranging from Kenya’s elections to diplomatic Twitter rows in Nigeria! Enjoy…