Technology: Radio

A new report launched today examines how social tech ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa can be better supported to achieve greater impact. The study, written by Madeira-ITI and developed in partnership between Comic Relief, Indigo Trust and Nominet Trust looks at emerging technologies and their role in current development practice. In addition, it offers practical and […]

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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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I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post about how radio can be used to empower young people to discuss issues which are relevant to their local community, focusing on an initiative by Children’s Radio Foundation. The article also mentions other initiatives which are focusing on supporting youth in civic participation projects including Livity Africa‘s […]

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Bluetooth technology has been around for a while now – so it’s hardly cutting edge any longer. But for Media Matters for Women, it has offered an easy, offline way of reaching remote communities with health information on Ebola where other technologies would surely have failed. A few months ago, we announced that we would […]

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For many of our grantees, radio remains a vital tool to reach people who may not ordinarily subscribe to an SMS list or who may lack the time to become civic activists. As a trusted and widespread form of communication, it can be a great tool for publicising an initiative and reaching out beyond ‘the […]

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Many people are familiar with the Question and Answer or Notes & Queries sections of newspapers, in which readers pose a question that has been troubling them and others write in with the answers. Often, the questions relate to relatively trivial matters such as the origin of a phrase or questions of etiquette. In Tanzania, […]

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Although we might not always appreciate it, local and national governments have a huge influence over our levels of satisfaction, happiness and general wellbeing. Service delivery – whether in the transport sector, health service or education system – plays a crucial part in our everyday lives. Of course, as with any system, things can and […]

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Indigo has just awarded a grant of €13,500 to TRAC.fm in order that it might expand the network of organisations that use its data collection software to inform their social campaigns.

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Having previously supported FrontlineSMS, the Indigo team have been following their progress with interest. At present, the FrontlineSMS:Radio team are developing a new platform that ‘will assist community radio stations to interact dynamically with audiences by harnessing the power of SMS text messaging’. As part of this, the team are conducting a pilot with ten […]

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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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