Organisation: iCow

Last week, human rights organisation Huridocs’ Friedhelm Weinberg interviewed me about Indigo Trust’s work. If you’re interested in learning more about why we do what we do, why a well known trust uses a free WordPress blog as their website or about successes and challenges from the field, look no further. You can also gain […]

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Having supported iCow on several occasions in the past, we’re pleased to announce a further grant of £21,692 to Su and her team. This will cover core costs for the next six months – a crucial time in iCow’s development as they look to scale up the organisation. Because we talk so much about iCow […]

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iCow recently visited Kitale to attend the launch of a vaccination for the East Coast Fever (ECF), which  kills around 1.1 million cows in Africa every year. Throughout Africa veterinary medicine take-up is low and as a result it can be very difficult to reach farmers with effective treatments because there is not enough demand […]

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This week, I was invited to present at Mobile Web Africa 2012 in Johannesburg, an international conference exploring the ways in which the internet and applications on mobile phones are contributing to economic growth, supporting businesses and social change in Africa. It was an exciting and interactive event, with presentations, panels and roundtable discussions.  A […]

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Before I started working here, I never thought I’d be quite so clued up about the gestation cycle of a cow. Thanks to iCow – Kenya’s innovative SMS platform for all things bovine – the Indigo team have become well acquainted with the highs and lows of cow pregnancy. Knowing what a tough time it […]

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It was great to read this weekend’s Observer newspaper’s special section on the new Africa. It was an attempt to shift coverage of Africa from war, famine and dictators to the innovation and good news stories that abound on the continent. It was particularly pleasing to see several of Indigo’s grantees profiled in the section, […]

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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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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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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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In the first of this series of blog posts on what we look for in potential grantees, I want to focus on the relationship between technology and social impact. At Indigo, we’re interested in technology, but passionate about social change.

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