Technology: SMS

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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Grassroot is a platform for community organisers and social movements to organise their neighbours. It consists of purpose-built tools that solve real problems for people who want to take action. It connects such leaders to each other, and allow the easy aggregation and analysis of the issues they tackle. Through this grant, we are supporting Grassroot […]

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With a general election coming up later this year, scrutiny of the Kenyan parliament should be stronger than usual. We hope that Mzalendo – one of the most respected and impartial sources of information on Kenya’s parliament – will feature heavily in that process. That’s why we’re delighted to be supporting them with a grant […]

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A recent article on ICTWorks asked whether smartphones were making SMS development projects obsolete. It’s an interesting question and one that begs a whole host of related issues: is radio really necessary when we have TV, is TV really necessary when we have online streaming, do we need newspapers in an age of digital news? […]

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Money burns a hole in my pocket… but then again I will store matches and notes in the same place. As anyone who’s ever saved up for anything can tell you, discipline is key. It takes a conscious effort to put aside money each month rather than go out and spend it there and then. And […]

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Many of us use SMS to text our friends, arrange a night out or – in the case of a number of annoying companies – send reminders that we may be eligible for compensation for accidents we never had. But text messaging can also be used to supply critical, even life-saving information. That’s the rationale […]

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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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The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £15,000 to FarmNet, an ICT4Ag start-up in Rwanda. Smallholder farmers are at the heart of the Rwandan government’s strategy to achieve a ‘Green Revolution’ to feed the quickly expanding capital, Kigali. However, a fragmented supply chain has translated the increase in production into an ever-increasing surplus. The benefits […]

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It is, perhaps, stating the obvious that money approved by government doesn’t always get to where it’s needed. Whether you’re in Cameroon or Canda, Uganda or the United Kingdom, there is no guarantee that funds will reach where they are most needed. In countries where resources are stretched, this is a particularly acute problem and […]

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We’re delighted to announce that we have awarded South Africa’s Social Justice Coalition a grant of £16,226 to help them provide education and advocacy traning and also to develop and amend a mobile/online problem reporting platform.

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