Technology: Social media

Whilst in Uganda, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit some of our grantees and see some of the exciting work which they are involved in first hand and to make connections with organisations, some of which we hope we will establish fruitful collaborations with in the future.

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Uganda’s tech for social change space is still in its infancy, though rapidly NGOs are beginning to recognise the potential of technology to contribute towards their outcomes.  It is a challenging environment for entrepreneurs and those working in the governance space, predominantly due to governance issues, lack of access to capital and business support.  Nonetheless, […]

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In 1876, Chief Engineer to the British Post Office, Sir William Preece, said: “The Americans have need for the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” Predictions about the value and impact of social media in the distant future are similarly fraught with difficulties. We have too little knowledge about the […]

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Increasing numbers of philanthropic organisations are getting to grips with social media and beginning to understand how it can impact and influence their own work and approach to grantmaking. For others, however, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and similar online platforms remain something of a mystery. Demystifying this world and showing funders how social media can enrich their organisations […]

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Last week, the Indigo team attended Africa Gathering’s 2011 conference at the Guardian’s offices in London. Founded on the principle that sharing information is key to the continent’s development, Africa Gathering provides a space for technophiles, thinkers, entrepreneurs and funders to come together ‘to talk about positive change in sustainable development, technology, social networking, leadership, […]

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Organised by Bond, held at CAFOD and with guest speakers from Tactical Technology and Indigo-funded FrontlineSMS, Incorporating ICT into Southern Advocacy was an afternoon of participatory workshops aimed at those in the international development community. The afternoon touched on issues as diverse as the power of social media, the role of mobiles and crowdsourcing technologies and the use of […]

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