Technology: Mapping

As part of our efforts to increase the amount of transparency and accountability work we support in Africa, a few months ago we announced a grant to Code4SA to support their School of Data Fellowship Programme (Scoda SA for short). Six months in and the programme is showing a number of promising results.

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In humanitarian crises and emergencies, ensuring access to accurate and up-to-date information is key to coordinating an often complex and confusing response. The small UK organisation, MapAction, has been deploying volunteer mappers to humanitarian emergencies and disasters for more than ten years – starting with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. They are the only non-governmental […]

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A few months ago we announced we had awarded Fruits of Thought a second grant towards their digital mapping work with Ugandan universities. A few months on and we have been catching up with the FoT team on how the project has gone. They have held a total of seven mapping events with more than […]

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Indigo grantee, Plan International, have kindly provided us with a case study of the work we funded them to do in Cameroon. Click on the document and you will be able to read the case study in full as summarised by 15-year-old Bilounga.  

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Sometimes, it’s easier to let grantees explain their work in their own words and that’s what the team at Fruits of Thought have done with the following presentation, which explains why we have awarded them a second grant and what they plan to do with it. Enjoy! [slideshare id=33638287&doc=indigoblogpost2014fot-140417050814-phpapp01]

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It’s a sad fact, but in recent decades Liberia has seen more than its fair share of conflict and violence. The civil wars wreaked havoc on the counmtry’s infrastructure, not to mention the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of its citizens. Travel around the country (especially the capital, Monrovia) and one of the first […]

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Back in September 2011 the Indigo Trust made a grant of £10,000 to ActionAid to support a project they were undertaking to map instances of rural land-grabbing in Tanzania.

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During the first part of the 20th century, the British Government’s War Office built a collection of materials for producing and revising maps. These items were retained in case they had potential future value for military intelligence. This unique material was held by the British government until it was deposited with the British Museum in […]

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Last week, on 20th June 2013, The Indigo Trust hosted a working lunch which brought together data experts and civil society representatives to explore the how we could encourage UK Foundations to publish their data in an open format in order to make grant giving more effective.

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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 […]

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