Technology: Mobile

ActivSpaces in Cameroon provides ‘an open space for technologists, investors, tech companies and local innovators’ to get together, discuss and collaborate. Business incubators such as this provide homegrown tech talents and entrepreneurs with a much needed opportunity to get their ideas off the ground. Innovative companies such as Kenya’s mobile money platform, M-Pesa, show that good […]

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If recent events in the Arab Spring have highlighted anything, it is the key role played by mobile phones in the fields of democracy, human rights and governance. As part of their work to investigate and document the crucial role played by mobile technologies around the world, MobileActive are preparing a report on the State […]

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[slideshow]We are delighted to announce that we have awarded a grant of £25, 000 to assist in the setting up of the Cocreation hub in Lagos, Nigeria. As you may remember, I was fortunate enough to sit on the judge panel for a Tech-In Governance competition run by the hub’s team in March. As we […]

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The Indigo Trust has awarded £16, 350 to Tactical Tech-an international NGO working at the point where rights advocacy meets information management and technology, £5k for workshops.  £11, 350 of the grant will contribute to their Exposing the Invisible project which aims to visually represent the intangible, the undiscovered, the unacknowledged or unexposed. Tactical Tech […]

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The Indigo Trust is delighted to announce that it has awarded a grant of £10,536 to the prize-winning iCow app. The grant is to be used towards the cost of setting up a customer care centre designed to handle feedback and provide support to registered users. We subsequently awarded the iCow team a further £4,000 […]

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The Voices of Progress event held yesterday in London brought together Markus Boser of J.P. Morgan, Greg Reeve from M-Pesa, Mary McDowell of Nokia and developmental economist and social media entrepreneur Mara Batlin for a stimulating discussion on the role of mobile phones in poverty eradication. The speakers touched upon issues as diverse as government payment of police […]

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[slideshow] I’m excited to announce that The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £5,000 to the Co-Creation hub team in Nigeria to cover prize money and some project management costs for their Tech-In Governance Event in Lagos.  The Co-Creation hub and the Tech-In Series Events have been devised as part of the wider Social […]

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[slideshow]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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[slideshow] 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 […]

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