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South Africa is home to a strong and active civil society and a relatively well developed commercial technology sector. However the tech4transparency sector is still in its infancy, in part due to prohibitively high data costs ($12.3/month for a mobile prepaid tariff and $26.3/month for a broadband internet subscription), a shortage of developers, a lack […]

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At Indigo we recognise that we often don’t have all the answers, but that many of you will be able to solve at least part of the puzzle. If you’ve ever used Wikipedia or read Facebook in a language other than English, then you’re already acquainted with the concept of crowdsourcing (multiple people contributing separately […]

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As a funder with an interest in democratic transparency and accountability, we recognise the importance of being honest and open about who and what we fund. That’s why we publish details of all our international grants on this blog and it’s also why we’ve recently become the fifth NGO in the world to start publishing […]

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Last week, transparency organisation Publish What You Fund launched the 2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index at a conference hosted by the Overseas Development Institute. Although I was unable to attend in person, the event was livestreamed and looked at why aid transparency is important, how different countries compare and some of the challenges behind publishing […]

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In an attempt to foster and develop Ghana’s growing tech community, a group of bloggers, activists and technologists are coming together to organise TEDxDzowrulu in Ghana’s capital Accra on 10 December 2011.  The event will focus on innovation that has taken Ghana beyond traditional thinking and is producing budding entrepreneurs from across the country whose inventions […]

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Earlier this year we announced that we had awarded a grant to Pamoja FM, a radio station working in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. Now, a documentary is being made about the station and a local arts collective known as Jah Army. The United States of Kibera documentary will chronicle the combined efforts of Pamoja FM […]

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“The purpose, ultimately, is to use aid to end aid.” Tony Blair, Africa Governance Initiative A few weeks ago Indigo attended an event with Tony Blair at the Overseas Development Institute. Entitled ‘Rethinking Leadership for Development’, the event looked at the role that good governance and solid leadership can play in improving the effectiveness of […]

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Any piece of information created with the means of public funds is owned by the public and should be available for re-use by everyone in any manner they please. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland Last week I attended the Open Government Data Camp (OGDCamp) in Warsaw, Poland. The world’s biggest open data event, it brought together […]

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A little while back we announced that we had provided a grant to Mobile Consortium Ghana to host an event focussed on enhancing and promoting the mobile app developer community in Ghana. We’re delighted to report that the Mobile App Ghana Showcase (MAGS2011), which took place in Accra on 24 September, was a great success […]

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In many parts of the world, access to affordable, relevant and peer-reviewed academic textbooks remains a pipe dream for all but the largest, best-funded universities. The International Association for Digital Publications (IADP) exists to challenge this state of affairs and Indigo is delighted, therefore, to announce a grant of £10,000  towards their Affordable Access Programme. The grant will be […]

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