We’re delighted to work in partnership with a fantastic group of donor organisations who have made financial contributions to the Fund as well as co-devising programmes with us:
This year, we are partnering with the Open Society Institute West Africa (OSIWA) to support the building, upskilling and strengthening of technology communities across West Africa. Their funding ($75,000) is contributing towards the core costs of hubs, as well as providing seed funding to support newer tech communities. We’re delighted that they share our view that core and seed funding can enable spaces to grow more organically, sparking creativity and innovation. They also share our interest in understanding how technologists can work with a diverse set of players such as activists, civil society, the corporate and the public sector to tackle social challenges in novel ways.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, run by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, has provided Indigo with a grant of £366,100 over 27 months. These funds are being re-granted to Sensi, a hub in Sierra Leone, to address youth unemployment. This grant is allowing them to invest in their core capacity as well as stimulating business development and innovation in the community they support. Sensi will provide grants, training and mentorship to entrepreneurs from their community as well as re-granting funds to organisations that are supporting young people to access employment and training opportunities.
The British Council have partnered with us to explore how hubs can bring together technologists, civic groups and creatives to identify and address civic challenges using a user-centred design approach. They’ve contributed £50,000 over two years and we’re currently piloting projects in Uganda and Ghana. You can learn more about how we’re helping to stimulate civic tech innovation at tech hubs here and in the case study below.
We have previously worked with Omidyar Network, providing funding to establish Co-Creation Hub in Nigeria – a hub which has made such significant impact that it has recently been visited by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook.