Parliamentary Monitoring Group
Awarded a grant of 194,700 ZAR towards the cost of maintaining and promoting the People’s Assembly website which provides information on parliamentary proceedings and elected representatives and the development of an MP locator. PMG will be working together with MySociety.
A grant of £5,000 to Kytabu to build a beta version of a textbook subscription application that will work with inexpensive tablet PCs. Read more here.
£16,715 awarded to Christian Aid towards their Mobile Banking and Clean Water Project, Kenya, being undertaken in collaboration with their in-country partner, Northern Aid. Read more here.
A grant of £15,000 to develop the openAFRICA project, a digital management toolkit for journalists and activists that facilitates FOI requests, combined with a semantic document repository. More here.
£19,968 awarded towards the costs of setting up a transparency and accountability stream at the Jozi Hub. For more read here.
WAHRDN – West African Human Rights Defenders Network
A grant of £12,599 to help WAHRDN and their national chapters build WordPress blogs in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea. Read more.
Academia Secundaria – Cameroon
A grant of £7,861 towards further development and roll-out of the student information and resource management platform. For more information see our blog.
WLRN – Water and Livelihoods Reform Network
Indigo have awarded a grant of £15,000 to Water and Livelihoods Reforms Network, to establish a ‘consumer info desk and data desk’. This will entail the creation of a website containing detailed information on water in Kenya. Read more here.
A grant of £5,000 to Yougora Ltd towards the development of an Android app for the Ghanaian constitution. More here.
A grant of £75,000 over three years. £25,000 per year will go towards supporting the Pre-incubation services at CCHUB and its brilliant team. More here.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
A further grant of £4,695 to LSTM for their work on the SMS referral system to improve uptake of sexual and reproductive healthcare in Mwanza, Tanzania. For details read here.
A grant of €13,500 to TRAC.fm – a Dutch organisation with users in Uganda and Tanzania – in order that it might expand the network of organisations that use its data collection software to inform their social campaigns. Read more here.
Indigo has awarded iHub a grant of $9,300, which will be used to help fund their Water Hackathon 2013. Most of the grant will be used to fund the all important prize money, plus additional funding that will be used to help implement and monitor the winning solution. For more details see here.
Indigo has awarded £30,000 for the start-up costs of iSpace – a new tech innovation hub in Accra, Ghana. Read more here.
Hillside Digital Trust
The Hillside Digital Trust has been awarded a grant of £10,074.92 in support of the implementation of Sony and FIFA’s Siyakhona Media Studio at the Kick4Life Football for Hope centre in Maseru, Lesotho.
Constitutional Excerpts Project
A grant of £30,370 to the Constitutional Excerpts Project, which aims to digitally tag all constitutions in the world, allowing researchers, drafters and others to quickly compare constitutional provisions in different countries. The site will also provide full text copies of constitutions for free reuse by other organisations. To read more, visit this special guest blog post.
A grant of £36,800 to BudgIT and the Open Knowledge Foundation for capacity building and training in producing better visualisations and getting hold of data. To read more about the project, click here.
A further grant of £21,692 to iCow. This will cover core costs for the next six months – a crucial time in iCow’s development as they look to scale up the organisation. To read more about this grant, click here.
African Legal Information Institute
A grant of £22,672 to the African Legal Information Institute to fund a joint project with the Seychelles Legal Information Institute. The funds will be used to create an e-book available both online and offline to allow judges and others to access electronic copies of the most prominent Seychellois legislation. Read more here.
Translators Without Borders
A grant of $14,500 towards the costs of Translators Without Borders’ 80 x 100 Project. The aim of the project is to make the most popular Wikipedia medical articles (on issues like HIV and polio) available in as many languages as possible. Indigo’s funding will go towards the translation and dissemination of Swahili language articles through Swahili Wikipedia. Click here to read more.
A grant of £15,310 to RLabs and the Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) to establish an RLabs Academy and an Innovation Incubator and Accelerator (InnovIA). RLabs Namibia hope that this will stimulate further growth and innovative applications of ICT in Namibia. Read more about it here.
A grant of £40,000 to mySociety to enable them to launch between four and six partnerships in Africa. mySociety aim to work with any organisation keen to replicate their sites and adapt them to the local context. Odekro – Ghana’s parliamentary monitoring site – is the first project to be funded by this grant. Click here for more.
Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP)
A grant of £14,999 to TGNP to use SMS and push voice messaging to allow local gender activists to send messages about their work to various audiences. This project builds on TGNP’s earlier work of creating a network of local ICT centres where men and women can learn more about gender issues. Read more here.
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC)
We have recently awarded GACC a grant of £10,000 towards the costs of their Health Legends SMS platform. This service allows patients to text in details of any issues they have had with the health service, with GACC following up on reports and working with hospitals and health authorities to improve patient satisfaction and service delivery. Read more here.
FunDza Literacy Trust
FunDza have received a grant of £13,844.91 to enable them to make technical improvements to their platform which uses internet and mobile to get more young South Africans reading and writing. Read more here.
Indigo has awarded grant of £9,400.18 to Hutspace, a Ghanaian web development company, who, in collaboration with mySociety are creating a parliamentary monitoring site for Ghana. The site, Odekro, is now live. To read more click here.
A grant of $24,945 to be paid over two years to the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) in support of an existing project sponsored by the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). The funding will be used to provide additional training for members of Voluntary Social Accountability Committees (VSACs), whose role is to monitor service delivery and advocate for improvements in the communities where they live and work. Read more here.
Indigo have awarded a further £20,150 to enable ActivSpaces to develop their Tech Innovation Spaces in Buea and support sustainability initiatives both in this space and at a new space currently being opened in Douala. This grant will go towards non-technical and technical infrastructure, salary costs, a seed fund, outreach and mentorship. For more see here.
Agrohub – a platform that links farmers to buyers and to each other and enables them to access crucial agricultural extension services – has been awarded £5,700 for infrastructure, salaries, branding, outreach and communications. Agrohub facilitates farmers’ access to information and larger markets through the use of the web, mobile technologies (SMS) and community participation. Read more here.
eHealth & Information Systems Nigeria
eHealth is an organisation working to address the skills shortage of medical staff in Nigeria and we’re delighted to have awarded them a grant of £11,392 to develop and test a mobile learning platform for use by Nigerian medical personnel. Read more here.
Open Aid Register
A grant of £10,000 to the website Open Aid Register, which helps small organisations publish their aid spending. The grant will allow Open Aid Register to add several new features to the site that will give users greater control over what data they publish and allow them to make better use of that data once published. To read more click here.
A grant of up to £14,000 to cover operating costs such as rent, salaries and office equipment for the next six months. iCow is currently at a crucial stage of its development and expansion and we hope that this grant will give them some vital breathing room during this time. For more, click here.
A grant of £15,078 to cover the cost of rent, salaries and internet for six months. The Hive is a community-owned, co-working space for young tech entrepreneurs with projects that they’re looking to get off the ground. Click here for more.
A grant of £12,000 to Cell Life towards their 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 using SMS, Twitter, MXit, email and web. Click for more.
Sisi Ni Amani
A grant of $18,158 to enable the Kenyan peace-building NGO, Sisi Ni Amani, to improve their PeaceTXT platform. PeaceTXT uses SMS messaging and on-the-ground peacebuilders to target potential flashpoints of violence to de-escalate tensions and reduce the potential for conflict. The platform is aimed at avoiding a repetition of the violence that accompanied Kenya’s last general election. For more, click here.
A grant of £10,000 to go towards their research programme on ICT hubs across Africa. For more information on this grant, please see this blog post written by the iHub Research team.
A grant of £15,488 to carry out a digital mapping project aimed at improving service delivery and political participation among young people in Cameroon. For more on this grant, click here.
A grant of £10,764 to I-Vission to cover the full costs of their Digitization of Cameroon’s Laws project. This project will digitise Cameroon’s laws, record videos of celebrities and government officials explaining the practical applications of the laws and host a discussion forum where citizens can discuss the implications of the laws. The project aims to promote sensible laws and expose controversial ones. More can be found here.
Fruits of Thought
A grant of £5,000 to support Fruits of Thought to organise five mapping events at different universities throughout Uganda. These mapping days will teach additional skills and create hotspots of mappers that will eventually bring together all university teams by connecting their roads and residential area’s on the map. Each university will receive a follow up session to maintain the network and reflect on the quality of the map. For more, click here.
Not In My Country*
A grant of £10,000 to the team behind the new Ugandan university corruption reporting website, Not In My Country. The site is designed to allow university students to rate the quality of teaching they receive and to report any incidents of bribery and corruption by university lecturers. This grant was awarded in October 2011, but not published due to safety and security concerns. Click here to read more.
A grant of £12,000 to CIPESA’s iParticipate project, which aims to leverage ICTs to monitor health service delivery in the districts of Amuru, Gulu, and Pader in northern Uganda. Journalists and citizen journalists will collect data on health services in the area that will be mapped on to an Ushahidi platform and used to highlight instances of poor resource management or inequalities. You can find more here.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
A grant of £14,920 to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to help them build, develop and deploy the SMS referral system to improve uptake of sexual and reproductive healthcare in Mwanza, Tanzania. If you’d like to learn more about how the system works and the role it plays in LSTM’s larger clinical study, click here.
A grant of up to £10,000 to Sciences Po to pay for the flights and accommodation costs of representatives of African organisations with an interest in parliamentary informatics to attend a two-day conference on Open Legislative Data. For more on this grant, click here.
A grant of £15,000 to cover the flight and accommodation costs of several innovation hubs to attend Africa Gathering’s London 2012 conference. The conference aims to bring together businesses, investors and funders with an interest in the African tech scene and start-ups. To read more about this grant, click here.
A grant of £10,000 to Kenyan NGO, Youth Agenda, to help develop an SMS system of Leadership Vetting & Selection. The idea is to encourage Kenyans to reflect on what makes a good leader and to be able to identify those characteristics in political candidates. Youth Agenda aim to work with more than 10,000 young Kenyans to raise awareness of leadership skills and to start a debate on key political issues affecting the country. You can find more information here.
A grant totalling £22,200 to support the establishment of a Social Enterprise Innovation Incubator and Accelerator in South Africa and an innovation hub in Somaliland. The grants will cover costs associated with set-up of the spaces, such as equipment, training and capacity building. More information about the South Africa incubator can be found here, while this page has more on the Somaliland hub.
A grant for £15,000 to cover salary and legal costs, as well as any related costs iCow incur as they move to expand their service across Kenya. We have funded iCow on a couple of occasions in the past, but to read more about this grant click here.
A £30,000 grant to the KINU Group who are establishing an innovation hub in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. The grant will be used to cover things such as rent, salaries and fit-out costs of what will be ‘an open space for Tanzania’s tech community to foster co-creation, innovation and capacity building’. Read more here.
A grant of £16,000 to help Amnesty International UK and Amnesty International Kenya build a mapping website that will capture information about forced evictions of slum residents in Nairobi. It will be the first platform of its kind in Kenya and it’s hoped that the information collected will allow Amnesty to get a clearer overview of the scale of the problem and provide a compelling tool with which to lobby the Kenyan Government. More information can be found here.
Young Rewired State
A grant of £10,000 to the British organisation Young Rewired State (YRS). YRS is a network of developers aged 18 and under who have an aptitude for coding or designing for the internet. Our grant will be used to support various aspects of the nationwide hack week, organised each year by YRS to foster and encourage Britain’s young developers. Read more in this blog post.
A grant of £18,000 to HiveColab, a co-working space in Uganda. The Hive are now looking to move to new premises where they will be able to continue their work and this grant will be used to help pay rent and fit-out costs of the new space. Part of the grant will also go towards supporting the salary costs of their community manager. Read more here.
A grant of £30,750 to go towards the salary costs of employing an Infonet Development Programme Lead and a Programmer. Both of these posts will allow SODNET to develop the Infonet programme – to expand its reach and improve its efficiency. For more information, click here.
A grant of up to £5,000 to assist Africa Gathering to organise up to two events in Africa. The events aim to bring together innovative thinkers and doers with a passion for Africa. The first event, which will be moderated by Indigo Trust Executive, Loren Treisman, will be held in Uganda at the end of January 2012. For more information on this grant, click here.
A grant of £5,000 to iWatchLive, a web application that not only allows citizens to access Nigerian government budget data, but also allows them to report back on incidences of corruption and poor service delivery, thereby highlighting the areas in which government is failing to live up to its promises. More information can be found here.
We have awarded a grant of $19,600 to BongoHive, a Zambian tech hub, which takes its inspiration from similar facilities in Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and Cameroon. The grant will cover the costs of a mobile/web app competition, a mobile app training course and internet and modem costs. Click here for more information.
Indigo is delighted to announce a grant of £15,000 to the SHM Foundation to scale-up Project Kopano. Based in Pretoria, Kopano is a project that creates mutual support networks that use SMS to connect HIV+ mothers to one another, enabling them to share experiences, fears and doubts and to ask questions of the health professionals or mentors that are on hand to provide expert advice and reassurance. For more, click here.
We have awarded TEDxDzorwulu a grant of £4,000 towards the costs of organising a conference. The event aims to foster and develop Ghana’s growing tech community and will take place in Accra, Ghana on 10 December 2011. To read more, click here.
Indigo has awarded a grant of £10,000 towards their Affordable Access Programme. The grant will be used to enable IADP and its partner universities to identify collections of relevant and affordable eBook titles in support of the Open University’s TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) and HEAT (Health Education and Training) projects. You can find more about this project here.
Indigo has awarded a grant totalling £25,000 to the Co-Creation Hub in Nigeria. £10,000 of this covers salary costs for a business adviser to provide support to several of the very promising projects that are emerging from the hub. The remaining £15,000 was divided equally between three projects that started out life in the hub. More information on those projects can be found here.
Indigo has awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. The money will go toward upgrading Wikimedia’s mobile platform, which will enable Wikimedia to better reach the millions of people in the developing world and low-income communities everywhere, who access the Internet exclusively through mobile phones. More information can be found here.
Indigo has awarded a grant of £20,000 to iLab, a computer lab based in Monrovia that provides access to cutting edge technology, expert IT assistance and a community of like-minded individuals. The grant will be used for staffing costs, the upgrading of iLab’s internet connection and a small amount for office supply and equipment costs. To read more, click here.
Indigo has awarded ActionAid a grant of £10,000 in support of a project to map incidents of land grabbing in rural Tanzania. The project will allow citizens to report incidents of land grabbing and provide them with support to assert their rights and raise the profile of this important issue. More information can be found here.
Co-Creation Hub – Nigerian Constitution App
A grant of £7,000 has been awarded to the Cocreation hub to support Zubair Abubakar in developing his already successful Blackberry Nigerian Consitution App for use on other platforms. Find out more about this project here.
Youth for Tech
Indigo has awarded a grant of £10,000 to Youth for Tech for peer-to-peer sexual health counselling in the southeastern and Niger Delta regions of Nigeria. The RLabs Nigeria project is a partnership between Youth for Technology Foundation and Rlabs and will involve training up 50 at-risk youth in the use of ‘social media platforms and mobile technology to write about their own personal experiences’ and to work as health counsellors ‘responsible for providing sex education to other youth in the community’. Read more about this project here.
Mobile Consortium Ghana
Indigo has awarded a grant of £10,000 to Mobile Consortium Ghana to help with the costs of organising the Mobile App Ghana Showcase. Awards have been made in three categories (governance, health and education), with runners up receiving money to invest in new mobile technologies to help them continue their promising work. To read more about this grant, click here.
Question Box/Open Mind
The Indigo team has awarded a grant of £10,000 to Open Mind’s Open Question project. The grant will be used to cover the salary costs of two developers working on software which will enable any community organisation to set up their own hotline. Read more about this project here.
Indigo has awarded a grant of £10,008.96 to help with ActivSpace’s running costs. The money will go towards the salary of a new community manager to guide ActivSpaces as it continues to grow, as well as covering the costs of much-needed hardware and software and promotional materials to help spread knowledge of ActivSpaces’s work. Further details on this grant can be found here.
Map Kibera Trust
The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £11,320.32 to Map Kibera Trust to be match funded by the African Technology and Transparency Initiative. Part of the money will be used to increase the Trust’s community outreach work, while the remainder will be used to improve the impact of the web tools, primarily through the redevelopment of the Voice of Kibera website. More information can be found here.
The Indigo Trust has awarded a second grant of £10, 000 to FrontlineSMS Radio to provide further technical support and some equipment costs to radio stations involved in the pilot phase of this project. You can read more about this grant here or our previous grant to them here.
Indigo has awarded One World a grant of £13,000 to help them establish a Facebook page linking young Nigerians and Senegalese to trained, experienced professionals who will be on hand to answer any questions about sex, relationships and health. Further information can be found here.
Institute for Philanthropy
We’ve awarded a grant of £18, 600 to the Institute for Philanthropy for a paper designed to showcase how philanthropists can use Social Media effectively within their own organisations and how they can support grantees in doing so. Further details can be found here.
Indigo has awarded a £20,000 grant to Mobile Active. Half of the grant will be used to produce a research paper entitled ‘State of Mobiles in Human Rights, Democracy & Governance’ and the other half will contribute towards costs for running an (un)conference around similar themes. Further details can be found here.
We have awarded a grant of £40,000 to mySociety to help with a new project aimed at enhancing the ability of NGOs, individuals and campaigners to replicate some of mySociety’s most successful projects in their own countries. Open Society Institute are co-funding this work. Further details can be found here.
We have awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Co-Creation Hub in Nigeria. The money will be used to help cover the Hub’s core costs. For more on this grant, please read this press release prepared in conjunction with the Omidyar Network.
We have awarded a grant of £16, 350 to Tactical Tech. £11, 350 will contribute towards for a project working with human rights activists around the developing world in order to support them to make more effective use of technology in their work. £5000 will fund workshops of their choice. To find out more, read our blog post here.
The Indigo Trust have made a grant of £14,536 to iCow to cover the costs of a customer service centre to handle support and feedback from the iCow users. iCow is a mobile application which acts as a virtual vet for small-scale dairy farmers, providing them with critical information to ensure that their cattle remain healthy during pregnancy. Further details can be found here.
Transparency and Accountability Initiative
We have awarded a grant of £10, 000 to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, New Technologies Subgroup, of which The Indigo Trust is an associate member. The initiative brings together like-minded donors to encourage more strategic thinking, policy change and shared learning in the field of transparency and accountability in order to maximise impact at scale. Further details on the collaborative can be found here.
Institute for Philanthropy
We have awarded a grant of £41,506.40 to The Institute for Philanthropy who will be managing the logistical side of a conference which Indigo Trust will be co-hosting alongside The Omidyar Network. Further details on the conference, entitled IT, Philanthropy and Development, which is aimed at an audience of philanthropists can be found here.
Tech-In Series/Co-Creation Hub
The Indigo Trust have awarded a grant of £5,000 to the Co-Creation Hub team to cover prize money and some project management costs for a Tech-in Governance ‘Living Lab’ event in Lagos. Find out more about this event and the team behind it on this blog post.
The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £10, 000 to the Hive Colab in Uganda for general operational costs. The Colab is an open, collaborative, community owned, work environment for young tech entrepreneurs to focus on projects, access the internet, have a quiet professional environment to develop their ideas in, hold events and generally collaborate. To find out more, read this blog post.
The Indigo Trust has awarded Pamoja FM a grant of £2213 to cover equipment costs, which will enhance their ability to work effectively with FrontlineSMS Radio to enable two-way communication with their listeners, bringing critical information to citizens of Kibera slum in Nairobi. For more information, please refer to this blog post.
The Indigo Trust has awarded FrontlineSMS Radio with a £10, 200 grant to fund a part-time Project Manager to coordinate between the developer team, researchers, partners and users on the ground. See our blog post for more detail about the project. It is hoped that this project will contribute to stimulating civil activism and have implications for bottom-up governance. We look forward to working with Sharath, Ken, Laura and the wider FrontlineSMS community.
The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £10, 000 to Africa Gathering (£5000 towards ICT4D conference costs and £5000 for business support). It is hoped that this grant will assist Africa Gathering in achieving sustainability and will ensure that innovative projects around Africa are recognised and supported by the international community. For further details about this organisation, please refer to our blog post.
* Grants for which details have subsequently changed. Occasionally, grant sizes or purposes are amended due to the changing circumstances or needs of individual grantees.