Technology: SMS

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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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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During my trip to Uganda in February, I came across a number of fantastic projects which are exploring ways in which to use technology to give citizens a greater voice, encourage civil participation and improve accountability. UNICEF are running a fantastic system called U-Report which aims to stimulate discussion and get viewpoints from the community […]

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Uganda’s tech for social change space is still in its infancy, though rapidly NGOs are beginning to recognise the potential of technology to contribute towards their outcomes.  It is a challenging environment for entrepreneurs and those working in the governance space, predominantly due to governance issues, lack of access to capital and business support.  Nonetheless, […]

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The concept of Appropriate Technology is one that has been around for a while. In essence, ‘AT is technology that is suitable for the environmental, cultural and economic conditions in which the technology is intended to be used’ (Reijswoud, 2009). What this means is that any organisation considering using technology as part of its programmes, […]

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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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Kenya has a young population, with the 2009 census indicating that 78.31% of Kenyans are aged 34 or under, 5.9m of whom are voters. In the past, many candidates have appealed to this influential demographic to help them win election, but failed to deliver on their promises once in office. Youth Agenda believes that this […]

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Of all our grantees, iCow is the one that people express most interest in. Not only does it have a cool name, but the idea underlying it – providing dairy farmers with an SMS support and advice service – is so simple that it’s hard to believe nobody else thought of setting up a similar […]

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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’re delighted to announce that we have awarded our first grant to Zambia. The grant of $19,600 will go towards supporting the work of BongoHive, a tech hub, which takes its inspiration from similar facilities in Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and Cameroon. The Hive is an independent space for the tech community aimed at driving forward sustainable development […]

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