The University of Cape Town‘s Graduate School of Business publishes a fascinating quarterly magazine on social innovation called Inside:Out which looks at how innovation can happen from within African countries. I’ve written an article on pages 16-19. It discusses how technology is being used to improve transparency and hold governments to account. It also explores […]
Those of you who have been following our work for a while will know that we have been supporting mySociety for a number of years. As the mySociety team has expanded, so too has their global reach. We have previously funded them to work in partnership with African organisations to develop a number of digital […]
A few days ago, mySociety’s Tom Steinberg wrote a blog post on the future of open data. In particular, are we moving towards a future in which open data is built into the very pieces of software we use? It’s well worth a read and you can find it here.
An effective, dynamic civil society needs basic information to hold people to account, tackle vested interests and drive change. If you are trying to get potholes fixed, a school funded or expose corruption you need to know what rules apply, what’s been done and who is in charge. But in many countries it isn’t possible […]
With the OGP just around the corner, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the work of some of Indigo’s grantees working on parliamentary monitoring and constitutional transparency and access. Of course, these two areas are but a selection of those that might come under a broader transparency and accountability umbrella. […]
As the UK’s foremost organisation working at the intersection of politics, democracy and technology, Indigo grantee mySociety has a wealth of experience in bringing citizens closer to government. Although many people don’t know it, mySociety is the driving force behind many of the UK’s most popular democracy websites, including TheyWorkForYou, WriteToThem, FixMyStreet and WhatDoTheyKnow. The […]
Over the past couple of years Indigo has developed a sizeable portfolio of partner organisations and funded projects that attempt to increase accountability and transparency in Africa by utilising ICT. We have found this to be hard work indeed! Measuring impact and selecting projects that will challenge those in power in a constructive yet meaningful […]
Indigo has awarded a grant of SA Rand 194,700 (around £12,300) to Parliamentary Monitoring Group South Africa for a new Mzalendo/Odekro-style website for all levels of South African Democracy – from national down to local councils.
South Africa is a hugely interesting place to work in at the moment. Its constitution and policies are strong and its economy is growing. At the same time, the country faces major obstacles as it rises out of its murky past as a nascent democracy. There are huge economic inequalities. Poverty and challenges in delivering […]
Following the success of TheyWorkforYou.com and the Kenyan version Mzalendo.com, Indigo has awarded mySociety £40,000 for the expansion of these innovative political watchdog sites across sub-Saharan Africa.