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Shortly after the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union last summer, we made funding available to the Center for Global Development to conduct research into the likely impact of that decision on the UK’s international development and aid policy. The draft of that paper is now available and it identifies several opportunities […]

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We were really interested to receive a report recently from GSMA on its work with hubs in Africa and Asia. The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, which is funded by DfID, aims to build collaboration between start-ups and mobile operators, helping mobile operators to overcome challenges innovating in emerging markets, and helping start-ups overcome challenges […]

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mHub in Malawi was established by Rachel Sibande in 2013. Over the last three years, it has seen around 4,000 young people come through its doors and take part in activities within the hub. This short news film from Voa News gives some background to the hub. The Joint Hub Fund is supporting mHub this […]

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It would be fair to say that British philanthropists haven’t traditionally made the most of data in their work. But there exist a number of opportunities for British grant-makers to change this and recent research we supported with New Philanthropy Capital outlines some of the ways this can be achieved: From the funding application process […]

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Ho ho ho! The Indigo team will be out of the office from now until early January. As such, any proposals received during this time will not be reviewed until the New Year and applicants should expect a slower-than-usual response. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be sure to read all of your emails, tweets and listen to any voicemails you […]

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Last week saw the Open Government Partnership’s annual summit, which this year took place in Paris. Put briefly, the idea behind the initiative is to make governments ‘more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens’. It’s a voluntary club that now boasts some 75 countries across the globe and 2016 has seen it face some of […]

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As mentioned in a previous post, The Joint Hub Fund was delighted this year to be able to support two new hubs –IceAddis in Ethiopia and HapaSpace in Ghana. IceAddis was established in 2011 and aims to be an open community workspace, a vector for investors, and a pre-incubator for young tech entrepreneurs. Based in […]

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What role will tech play in the upcoming Ghanaian elections. In this CNN article, Loren outlines some of the ways in which technology is playing an increasingly important role in everyday and political life in the country.

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For some years now, we have been supporting social tech communities and ecosystems around sub-Saharan Africa. As a comparatively young field, research in this area is much needed to guide practice both in Africa and also inform work around the world, including the UK. We are delighted to be supporting this work alongside Comic Relief […]

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We are very excited to be working alongside OSIWA and the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to support technology innovation hubs across Africa. Earlier this year, we were busy assessing applications from 11 hubs, all of which are doing exciting work in the tech world. In the end, nine hubs were awarded funding to support their […]

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