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By definition, citizen journalists tend to lack much of the training or experience of regular, paid journalists. As citizens of the communities they write about, however, they are necessarily much closer to the ground and interested in the issues that the regular press overlooks or chooses not to report on. That’s why we’re delighted to […]

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Predictions about the future of technology are notoriously tricky – today’s cutting-edge technology can quickly become tomorrow’s museum piece. They can also be misleading and a source of disappointment: But when Tim Berners-Lee tells you about the ‘next big things’, you tend to sit up and listen a little more. At yesterday’s Open Data Institute’s […]

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When Indigo started funding in Africa four years ago, we set out to do something that we felt other funders weren’t doing. Not only did we feel that the potential impact of mobile and web technology was ripe and should be supported, we also recognised that many organisations – particularly small, local ones – needed […]

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Alongside a series of NGOs, Indigo has recently endorsed this statement on the importance of transparent, accountable and inclusive institutions. Millions of citizens around the world, particularly youth, are demanding more open and accountable governance. In a public opinion poll, over four million people identified “honest and responsive government” as one of their top four […]

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One of our more recent grantees, Amandla.mobi, has been pretty busy over the summer, adapting its approach to problems and responding to the needs and wants of the community. While they had initially hoped to mobilise large numbers of young people to campaign for better public services for young people through the creation of Youth […]

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At funder gatherings or training courses, one of the top questions revolves around how many proposals foundations receive and how likely applicants are to be successful. It’s a huge concern – particularly for smaller trusts and foundations that may be managed on a part-time or even voluntary basis. It’s also one of the reasons that […]

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The 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance – launched a couple of weeks ago – highlights a largely upward trend in the state of governance in Africa between 2009 and 2013. Much of this trend is apparently down to gains in the overall state of participation and human rights – one of the categories used […]

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This quarter’s edition of the Bertha Centre for Innovation (University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business)’s magazine Inside:Out explores Financing for social ventures and would make great reading for many of our followers.  On page 14-17, I explore our approach to funding, looking at why we take risks, with small grants, across a diverse […]

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When poor mining practices resulted in lead poisoning in Northern Nigeria, children were dying.  The government pledged funds, but they weren’t reaching the communities which needed it the most.  Follow the Money went about developing an offline and online strategy to ensure the funds reached the affected community.  Find out more in this article which I wrote for […]

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Publish What You Fund – an organisation campaigning for greater transparency in aid and international development – launched their Aid Transparency Index 2014 yesterday. The report’s overall message is that despite making several international transparency commitments, the vast majority of the world’s donors are still not sharing useful information about their aid spending. And here […]

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