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There is huge potential for economic growth and social change in Ghana.  Freedom of speech and association are encouraged, Freedom of Information laws have been passed and democratic processes are fitting into place.  The government has committed to the Open Government Partnership and the infrastructure around Accra is relatively good.  There is still a lot […]

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Open Legislative Data in Paris: A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics is perhaps not the most grippingly named conference I’ve ever attended. It’s living proof, however, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or a conference by its name). Over the course of two days, representatives of parliamentary monitoring […]

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Having looked at the kinds of things we like and the sorts of projects we fund, I wanted to briefly consider the sorts of things we can’t (or don’t) fund. Occasionally, we’ll receive applications or proposals from individuals and organisations working on projects in fields far removed from those we fund. While they can be […]

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It may be of interest to some of you that DFID Uganda has recently launched a tender for a programme to strengthen accountability in the health sector in Uganda. The Health Sector Accountability Project (HSAP), which is part of a wider DFID Uganda Accountability Programme (UAP), aims to understand and improve planning of health service […]

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In a series of previous posts, I examined the kinds of things we look for when making funding decisions. This post takes a fleeting look at a few additional things we like to see in potential grantees, although these are by no means set in stone. In short, we have a bit of a soft […]

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During a trip to Cameroon in March, I came across a couple of interesting organisations, which are starting to take advantage of technology to stimulate social change. iVission are an impressive local NGO working on a range of ICT projects aimed at empowering people to stimulate social change.  They run Techno-holidays which have involved training […]

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Cameroon’s tech scene is still in its infancy.  It’s a tough environment to work in as the mobile network often goes down, the internet is slow and prohibitively expensive and the vast amounts of corruption and bureaucracy make it a challenging environment for entrepreneurs.  Nonetheless, there is a small, but thriving tech community and they […]

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In the last of this series of blog posts on what we look for, I’ll briefly consider why we tend to provide grants of approximately £10,000. Firstly, we’re aware of the fact that not all projects will fit within such a neat budget and we don’t only fund £10,000 projects. In the past, we have […]

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Data visualisation, radio and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, ‘computation for everyone’, 3D printing… If nothing else, the Guardian’s Activate summit – which took place yesterday in London – provided an eclectic mix of speakers and topics. Activate is designed to bring together innovators that use the internet and related technologies to change the world. […]

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As a funder we strongly believe in being open and transparent about what we do. That’s why I’ve written this series of blog articles explaining what we look for in potential grantees and it’s also why we publish details of all the grants we award both on this blog and via the International Aid Transparency […]

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