Technology: Mapping

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded a grant of £12,000 to Cell Life towards project Lungisa.   Lungisa – which means “fix it” in isiXhosa – will provide a platform to enable Cape Town citizens to send text based, audio and video reports outlining challenges in service delivery.  Participants will be able to report […]

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While we prefer to support small, grassroots organisations, we will occasionally fund larger NGOs, particularly when they have a really solid project that fits our criteria. Plan International – perhaps more so than any other INGO – have successfully integrated technology into a number of their programmes around the world. As early adopters, we think […]

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[slideshow]Indigo Trust are delighted to announce that it has awarded a grant of £5,000 to Fruits of Thought, towards Mapping Day Uganda. Fruits of Thought  is a collection of projects with the common mission to ensure a  more valuable and practical use of the internet, by stimulating sharing of information and collaboration within communities.

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During a trip to Cameroon in March, I came across a couple of interesting organisations, which are starting to take advantage of technology to stimulate social change. iVission are an impressive local NGO working on a range of ICT projects aimed at empowering people to stimulate social change.  They run Techno-holidays which have involved training […]

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Many of us simply take our homes for granted, barely giving them a second thought until something goes wrong. Millions of people across Africa, however, are living under the threat of forced evictions from governments or businesses keen to get their hands on valuable land. Amnesty International has been campaigning against forced evictions in Kenya […]

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In a recent post, I mentioned the progress that three of our grantees had made over the last few months, the impact they had enjoyed and the challenges they had faced. Continuing along that same theme, here are some more updates from our grantees: Mobile Consortium Ghana hosted one of the country’s first ever events […]

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We recently announced that we have funded ActionAid in support of a project to map incidents of land grabbing in rural Tanzania. It’s a huge problem affecting vast swathes of the country, as the following update from ActionAid clearly shows: Halima and her community lost their land to a UK biofuels company.  They were promised […]

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Despite its prolonged and bloody civil war, Liberia is rebuilding itself thanks, in part, to a nascent tech community committed to social change and economic development. Indigo is delighted, therefore, to be providing a grant of £20,000 to iLab, a computer lab based in Monrovia that provides access to cutting edge technology, expert IT assistance […]

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Indigo grantee iCow have been going from strength to strength in the last couple of months. Here’s their September update: The last two months have been a whirlwind of activity for iCow. Apart from exhibiting nationally at the Nyeri, Nakuru and Nairobi Shows, we were invited to exhibit iCow at two international events The Power […]

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One of the most well known slums in the world, Kibera in Nairobi appeared only as a blank on online maps until 2009, despite being home to more than 250,000 people. By training young people to use GPS mapping devices, Map Kibera was able to create the first-ever online map of the area with user-generated […]

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