Technology: Mobile

As movements like Equal Education point out, the education received by young people in post-Apartheid South Africa remainsvastly unequal, despite high government spending. Low levels of literacy lie at the heart of the porblme. This is exacerbated by lack of access to books and reading content. A mere 8% of public schools have a functional […]

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I’ve been writing for the Guardian again. This time I focus on how we ensure that the large majority of the population across the African continent, who are unable to access the internet still have access to critical information about parliamentary proceedings and elected representatives, health, agriculture and other issues that will impact on their […]

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With fibre optic broadband reaching Somalia and the launch of Africa’s first ‘indigenous’ smartphone in Nigeria, November saw a lot of causes for optimism in ICT in Africa. The Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013, released by GSMA, has further stoked high expectations in the sector, predicting that mobile technology would create 6.6 million jobs in the region by […]

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The following post was kindly provided by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s, John Dusabe, one of the investigators in the IntHEC sexual health study part funded by Indigo. Access to reproductive health services remains a big challenge in remote rural areas in Tanzania, due to limited health personnel, the public’s poor health seeking behaviour, distance […]

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During a visit to Zimbabwe towards the end of last year it became obvious that a technology innovation hub could have a tremendous impact in Harare. There’s a highly educated population, a relatively well established, albeit dispersed tech community, reasonably good infrastructure and significant potential for technology to contribute towards the betterment of society.

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The Grameen Foundation believes that mobile technology holds out great potential to save lives and improve health. Their belief that believe that delivering relevant and actionable information over mobile phones will encourage individuals (either patients or providers) to take action that will improve health outcomes led them to develop the MOTECH system. Currently being used […]

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During my trip to South Africa last year, I came across a range of organisations using tech to improve social outcomes in a whole range of sectors including water and sanitation, safety, health and education utilising both traditional charity and social enterprise models. 

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The Impilo Foundation has received a grant of around £4,900 from Indigo to carry out a citizen journalism project in the settlement of Zandspruit, just outside Johannesburg.

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Whilst in South Africa early last year, I came across a wide range of organisations which are exploring the ways in which technology can empower citizens and improve social outcomes across a wide range of social sectors.

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This morning, I was fortunate enough to be squeezed into a Technology Salon (@civicagenda) in London.  The event focused on the issue of citizen engagement and making all voices count through the power of new communications technologies. It was an absolutely fascinating discussion which largely focused around some of the key challenges remaining and devising […]

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