Technology: Mobile

Africa Gathering will be hosting an event in the Thomas Reuters building in London on Friday 15th June which will be focusing on the role of tech hubs and start ups in stimulating private sector development and promoting social change across Africa. The Indigo Trust has covered the cost of flights and accomodation for hub […]

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If you’ve never pondered the question of whether mobile phones can improve the quality and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services among teenagers, then you’re not alone. Fortunately, however, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have considered the question and are using a grant from Indigo to test an SMS sexual health referral system for […]

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Six months ago, we awarded the Wikimedia Foundation – the charitable organisation behind Wikipedia – a grant of £10,000 towards the costs of upgrading their mobile portal. Prior to the upgrade, the Wikimedia Foundation relied on a slow and fragile redirect that sent users with certain select smartphones to the portal, which served only high-end phones […]

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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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[slideshow]Greetings to all from East Africa.  In my recent trip, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with some of the inspiring people who are working hard to ensure that Rwanda’s tech community is given the opportunity to thrive.  Here’s an overview of some of the fantastic organisations and people I’ve been connecting with.

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Having recently supported the Wikimedia Foundation with a grant to improve mobile access and editing facilities for Wikipedia users, we were delighted to hear the news that they had reached a deal with mobile operator Orange to provide free access to Wikipedia for Orange’s 70 million customers in the Middle East and Africa. This new […]

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The Rwandan government is highly committed to harnessing the power of ICTs to tackle social challenges across all sectors.  During a recent trip to Rwanda, I was fortunate enough to meet with several government officials and their partners to get a sense of some of the work they are doing in this space.

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During my recent trip to South Africa, I came across a number of organisations which may be of value as potential partners to organisations implementing technology-driven projects across Africa. The Harris Family Foundation is currently being formed in South Africa and is managed by Martine Schaffer.  They will be focusing on the ways that digital technologies […]

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I recently visited South Africa, a place which I hold close to my heart, as it is from here that my parents immigrated to London during the apartheid era for politcal reasons.  It still feels like a second home.  The country has made a remarkable transformation since then and is buzzing with an air of potential and […]

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During my visit to South Africa, I came across a number of organisations tackling unemployment. In a country with an overall unemployment rate of 25%, youth unemployment is a staggering 51%.  These organisations are focusing on youth and disadvantaged township communities and are exploring the ways in which technology can be used to encourage entrepreneurship and […]

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