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On the 12th June, FrontlineSMS launched Version 2 of their award-winning open source software, which enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people without requiring Internet access.

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A few months ago we announced that we had awarded a grant to OneWorld, an organisation dedicated to pioneering internet and mobile phone applications, which the world’s poorest people can use to improve their life opportunities, and which help people everywhere understand global problems – and do something about them. The grant was to help OneWorld […]

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Northern Uganda faces vast challenges in providing social services to millions of people who had for nearly two decades been displaced by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict. At its height, the conflict displaced two million people, with some areas having 90 per cent of their population displaced. Social infrastructure was devastated and large parts of […]

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Development doesn’t occur within a vacuum; it takes place in the real world where things are constantly shifting and changing. This means that evaluating the impact of a given project can be tricky, to say the least. The fact that it’s difficult, however, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to measure it. In fact, evaluation and […]

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As a relatively small funder one of the best ways we think we can achieve impact is by funding projects that are sustainable, scalable and/or replicable. One of our primary aims is to achieve long-term, lasting change in our field and the very best projects that come our way have a clearly defined strategy as […]

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With just three days to go until Africa Gathering comes to London, preparations and well and truly being finalised. It should be a great day for networking and discussing technology hubs and tech start-ups across Africa. If you would like to attend but haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can still get them here. If […]

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While we normally announce all the grants we’ve awarded on our blog, there will very occasionally be exceptions. Last October, for example, we awarded a grant of £10,000 to the team behind the new Ugandan university corruption reporting website, Not In My Country. The site is designed to allow university students to rate the quality […]

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The concept of Appropriate Technology is one that has been around for a while. In essence, ‘AT is technology that is suitable for the environmental, cultural and economic conditions in which the technology is intended to be used’ (Reijswoud, 2009). What this means is that any organisation considering using technology as part of its programmes, […]

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Major news 1.    Africa unites to strengthen IT across the continent – ICT Alliance is launched The Africa ICT Alliance’s (AfICTA) main aim is to bring together key ICT players from six African countries to achieve mutual social and economic goals. The founding countries of the Alliance are Nigeria, Gambia, Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia, and South […]

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In 1752 when the UK dropped the Julian calendar in favour of the Gregorian calendar, tax authorities gained an extra 11 days of revenues, until popular protests forced them to move the tax year to the 5th April. That’s just a rather convoluted way of getting to the fact that we’ve been taking a look […]

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